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1. Greek Mythology The wife of Minos and mother, by a white bull, of the Minotaur.
2. A satellite of Jupiter.
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the wife of Minos and mother (by a bull) of the Minotaur


(Astronomy) astronomy a small outer satellite of the planet Jupiter
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(pəˈsɪf əˌi)

the wife of Minos, mother of Ariadne, and mother of the Minotaur by a white bull.
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Noun1.Pasiphae - (Greek mythology) daughter of Helios and mother of AriadnePasiphae - (Greek mythology) daughter of Helios and mother of Ariadne
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For otherwise we might possibly complain of their ingratitude and deafness, with the same reason as Pasiphae doth of her bull, whom she endeavoured to engage by all the coquetry practised with good success in the drawing-room on the much more sensible as well as tender hearts of the fine gentlemen there.
They cluster in three groups of 15 to 20 objects, named for members Ananke (discovered in 1951), Carme (1938), and Pasiphae (1908).
The protagonists of Elaine Reichek's first exhibition in Austria, "Now If I Had Been Writing This Story," were four mythological women from ancient Crete: Ariadne, Europa, Pasiphae, and Phaedra.
According to the myth, the Minotaur was the son of Pasiphae, wife of King Minos of Crete.
As the years go by, she takes on a number of lovers on her own terms Hermes to start with, both partners accepting each other as 'poison snakes.' As Miller tells us the story of Circe's life, she weaves in many Greek myths with which readers will be familiar: the stories of Daedalus and Odysseus; the life of Circe's sister Pasiphae who sends for Circe to help her birth the Minotaur; and the journey of Jason and Medea, who ask Circe for catharsis, or cleansing, for their brutal crimes.
According to this identification scheme [11], 60 moons were classified into 8 different groups, including Small Inner Regulars and Rings, Galileans, Themisto group, Carpo group, Himalia group, Carme group, and Ananke group as well as Pasiphae group, in addition to 9 satellites that do not belong to any of previous groups.
Pasiphae, his mother, names him Asterion, an ironic choice as King Minos eventually spirits him to the depths of the labyrinth where there are no stars to rule.
Throw in the Queen Pasiphae being accused of coupling with a bull and producing the Minotaur and the human sacrifice of seven beardless youths and seven pure maidens and you will get the idea of how mythology is brutally acted out.
For this reason, Poseidon punishes him by making his wife Pasiphae fall in love with the bull.
Deep-sea diver Jason (Jack Donnelly) helps newly-crowned Queen Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) defend the mythical city from her former stepmother Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) in the concluding series of the BBC One fantasy drama.
Sarah Parish, who plays disgraced queen Pasiphae, was "sad", co-creator Johnny Capps found the axing "unfair", leading man Jack Donnelly was "gutted" and, last but by no means least, the show's fans took to Twitter to vent their grievances about the cancellation.
Jack Donnelly plays the hero Jason, who defends the mythical city of Atlantis from her stepmother Pasiphae (Sarah Parish).