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 (pĭg-māl′yən, -mā′lē-ən)
n. Greek Mythology
A king of Cyprus who carved and then fell in love with a statue of a woman, which Aphrodite brought to life as Galatea.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a king of Cyprus, who fell in love with the statue of a woman he had sculpted and which his prayers brought to life as Galatea


(pɪgˈmeɪ li ən, -ˈmeɪl yən)

(in classical myth) a sculptor who fell in love with the ivory statue of a woman that he had carved. Compare Galatea.
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Noun1.Pygmalion - (Greek mythology) a king who created a statue of a woman and fell in love with itPygmalion - (Greek mythology) a king who created a statue of a woman and fell in love with it; Aphrodite brought the sculpture to life as Galatea
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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As will be seen later on, Pygmalion needs, not a preface, but a sequel, which I have supplied in its due place.
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I wish to boast that Pygmalion has been an extremely successful play all over Europe and North America as well as at home.
gave my father, insomuch that I was mad with grief when they told me that the story of Pygmalion was nothing but a fable.
Even Pygmalion, when his sculptured woman assumed life, felt not greater ecstasy than mine will be.
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1914: George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion opened in London with Mrs Patrick Campbell as Eliza Doolittle and Sir Herbert Tree as Professor Higgins.
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