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n. Greek Mythology
The first woman, bestowed upon humankind as a punishment for Prometheus's theft of fire. Entrusted with a box containing all the ills that could plague people, she opened it out of curiosity and thereby released all the evils of human life.

[Greek Pandōrā, having all gifts : pan-, pan- + dōron, gift; see dō- in Indo-European roots.]


(pænˈdɔːrə) or


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the first woman, made out of earth as the gods' revenge on man for obtaining fire from Prometheus. Given a box (Pandora's box) that she was forbidden to open, she disobeyed out of curiosity and released from it all the ills that beset man, leaving only hope within
[from Greek, literally: all-gifted]


1. (Animals) a handsome red sea bream, Pagellus erythrinus, of European coastal waters, caught for food in the Mediterranean
2. (Animals) a marine bivalve mollusc of the genus Pandora that lives on the surface of sandy shores and has thin equal valves
[after Pandora]


(pænˈdɔr ə, -ˈdoʊr ə)

also pan•dore

(pænˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr, ˈpæn dɔr, -doʊr)

n., pl. -do•ras also -dores.


(pænˈdɔr ə, -ˈdoʊr ə)

(in Greek myth) the first woman, created by Hephaestus and endowed with every grace: out of curiosity, she opened a box and released all the evils that might plague humankind.
[< Latin < Greek Pandṓra=pan- pan- + dôr(on) gift]
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Noun1.pandora - (Greek mythology) the first womanPandora - (Greek mythology) the first woman; created by Hephaestus on orders from Zeus who presented her to Epimetheus along with a box filled with evils
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks


[pænˈdɔːrə] N Pandora's boxcaja f de Pandora


[pænˈdɔːrə] n
to open Pandora's box → ouvrir la boîte de Pandore
References in classic literature ?
Dangerfield made it known to Count Otto that every morning after breakfast, the hour at which he wrote his journal in his cabin, the old couple were guided upstairs and installed in their customary corner by Pandora. This she had learned to be the name of their elder daughter, and she was immensely amused by her discovery.
Vogelstein by this time had finished his little American story and now definitely judged that Pandora Day was not at all like the heroine.
Dangerfield's emphatic warning, sought occasion for a little continuous talk with Miss Pandora. To mention that this impulse took effect without mentioning sundry other of his current impressions with which it had nothing to do is perhaps to violate proportion and give a false idea; but to pass it by would be still more unjust.
He saluted, he inclined himself a moment; but Pandora shook her head, she seemed to be answering for them; she made little gestures as if in explanation to the good Captain of some of their peculiarities, as for instance that he needn't expect them to speak.
Count Otto had come up to walk, and as the girl brushed past him he distinguished Pandora's face--with Mrs.
Pandora remarked also that she wanted to show her little sister everything while she was comparatively unformed ("comparatively!" he mutely gasped); remarkable sights made so much more impression when the mind was fresh: she had read something of that sort somewhere in Goethe.
Their names were Isis, Amphitrite, Hebe, Pandora, Psyche, Thetis, Pomona, Daphne, Clytie, Galatea and Arethusa.
"I have stolen away from the crowd in the groves, Where the nude statues stand, and the leaves point and shiver At ivy-crowned Bacchus, the Queen of the Loves, Pandora and Psyche, struck voiceless forever."
Bacchus, and Pandora and Psyche--talismans to conjure with!
Then by means of the Myth of Pandora the poet shows how evil and the need for work first arose, and goes on to describe the Five Ages of the World, tracing the gradual increase in evil, and emphasizing the present miserable condition of the world, a condition in which struggle is inevitable.
Here in close recess With Flowers, Garlands, and sweet-smelling Herbs Espoused EVE deckt first her Nuptial Bed, And heav'nly Quires the Hymenaean sung, What day the genial Angel to our Sire Brought her in naked beauty more adorn'd, More lovely then PANDORA, whom the Gods Endowd with all thir gifts, and O too like In sad event, when to the unwiser Son Of JAPHET brought by HERMES, she ensnar'd Mankind with her faire looks, to be aveng'd On him who had stole JOVES authentic fire.
There was not another statesman under the Restoration who had so completely done with gallantry as he; even the opposition papers, the "Miroir," "Pandora," and "Figaro," could not find a single throbbing artery with which to reproach him.