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n. Greek Mythology
The Muse of tragedy.

[Latin Melpomenē, from Greek, from feminine present middle participle of melpein, to sing (especially to the accompaniment of the cithara), of unknown origin.]


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the Muse of tragedy


(mɛlˈpɒm əˌni)

the Muse of tragedy.
[< Latin Melpomenē < Greek Melpoménē= feminine of present participle of mélpesthai to sing]
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75-103) These things, then, the Muses sang who dwell on Olympus, nine daughters begotten by great Zeus, Cleio and Euterpe, Thaleia, Melpomene and Terpsichore, and Erato and Polyhymnia and Urania and Calliope (3), who is the chiefest of them all, for she attends on worshipful princes: whomsoever of heaven-nourished princes the daughters of great Zeus honour, and behold him at his birth, they pour sweet dew upon his tongue, and from his lips flow gracious words.
It harkened to ancient Greek dramas, when actors in large amphitheaters put on masks of terracotta, stone, or bronze with exaggerated features to play apart--from the recognizable mask of Thalia, the muse of comedy, to the mask of Melpomene, the muse of tragedy, and everything in between.
Allowing Terpsichore to take the reins from Melpomene and Thalie, Harris-Warrick, in the final chapters of the book, brings new evidence to bear on the transition of dance from opera divertissement to the autonomous ballet pantomime of the 1720s.
The entire site has 638 homes, 577 of which are public housing units at the site of the old Melpomene housing development.
Elaphoglossum engelii (H.Karst.) Chris, Melpomene flabelliformis (Poir.) A.R.
melanogaster (20), Aedes aegypti (18), Anopheles gambiae (20), Bombyx mori (17), Heliconius melpomene (18), and Danaus plexippus (19), and their functions have been revealed at the same time [19, 21-24].
Contract notice: Ensba - rooms foch and melpomene - recovery of structural disorders in basementcode project i010-15
Sume superbiam quaesitam meritis et mihi Delphica lauro cinge uolens, Melpomene, comam.
Le [beaucoup moins que] plus beau theatre d'Afrique du Nord [beaucoup plus grand que], comme s'en pavanait la bourgeoisie coloniale locale, devint celebre par ses decors, notamment les Muses qui decorent si heureusement la facade du theatre s'appellent Melpomene et Thalie.
On the American night of September 8-9,1 Ceres (magnitude +8.2) and 18 Melpomene (magnitude +8.7) are just Vi[degrees] apart near the head of Cetus.
Disruptive sexual selection against hybrids contributes to speciation between Heliconius cydno and Heliconius melpomene. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 268: 1-6.