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n. Greek Mythology
The goddess of the harvest, daughter of Rhea and Cronus and mother of Persephone.

[Greek Dēmētēr; see māter- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the goddess of agricultural fertility and protector of marriage and women. Roman counterpart: Ceres
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(dɪˈmi tər)

the ancient Greek goddess of agriculture, identified by the Romans with Ceres.
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References in classic literature ?
But it may fairly be doubted whether such Hymns as those to "Demeter" (ii), "Apollo" (iii), "Hermes" (iv), "Aphrodite" (v), can have been real preludes, in spite of the closing formula `and now I will pass on to another hymn'.
The influence of Hesiod is clear, and the hymn has almost certainly been used by the author of the "Hymn to Demeter", so that the date must lie between these two periods, and the seventh century seems to be the latest date possible.
(xvii), and to "Demeter" (xiii) are mere abstracts of the longer hymns iv, xxxiii, and ii.
It turns out that the schooner is Russian from Varna, and is called the Demeter. She is almost entirely in ballast of silver sand, with only a small amount of cargo, a number of great wooden boxes filled with mould.
Later.--By the kindness of the Board of Trade inspector, I have been permitted to look over the log book of the Demeter, which was in order up to within three days, but contained nothing of special interest except as to facts of missing men.
He called her Artemis, Demeter, and other fanciful names half teasingly, which she did not like because she did not understand them.
Demeter is goddess of the harvest but she is not so much known for her bounty as for her despair after her daughter, Persephone, is abducted and taken to the underworld.
Grapes and wine certified biodynamic by Demeter. Contains sulfites.
The mating of Martha with Hazard is a portent of Poseidon's servicing Martha's mares, who are brought together by Demeter (Davey 156-57).
Therese of Lisieux, Hyung Soon [Huo] Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Gertrud, Sibyl, Demeter, Persephone, Laura Claxton's sister, and Princess Pari.