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n. Greek & Roman Mythology
The god of wine and of an orgiastic religion celebrating the power and fertility of nature. Also called Bacchus.
[Latin Dionȳsus, from Greek Dionūsos.]
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(Classical Myth & Legend) the Greek god of wine, fruitfulness, and vegetation, worshipped in orgiastic rites. He was also known as the bestower of ecstasy and god of the drama, and identified with Bacchus
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or Di•o•ny•sos(ˌdaɪ əˈnaɪ səs)
an ancient Greek and Roman fertility god, associated esp. with the vine and wine.
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