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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.
(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
pan•do•ra(pænˈdɔr ə, -ˈdoʊr ə)
also pan•dore(pænˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr, ˈpæn dɔr, -doʊr)
n., pl. -do•ras also -dores.
Pan•do•ra(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]