medusa's head

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Noun1.Medusa's head - African dwarf succulent perennial shrub with numerous slender drooping branchesmedusa's head - African dwarf succulent perennial shrub with numerous slender drooping branches
Euphorbia, genus Euphorbia - type genus of the Euphorbiaceae: very large genus of diverse plants all having milky juice
spurge - any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice
2.Medusa's head - weedy rye grass having long bristling awnsmedusa's head - weedy rye grass having long bristling awns
wild rye - any of several grasses of the genus Elymus
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Rawdon Crawley meanwhile hurried on from Great Gaunt Street, and knocking at the great bronze Medusa's head which stands on the portal of Gaunt House, brought out the purple Silenus in a red and silver waistcoat who acts as porter of that palace.
"What are you screaming for, you little fool?" she said advancing alone close to the girl who was affected exactly as if she had seen Medusa's head with serpentine locks set mysteriously on the shoulders of that familiar person, in that brown dress, under that hat she knew so well.
I did not imagine that a number of the Standard could have the effect of Medusa's head. Her face went stony in a moment--her eyes--her limbs.
"The Self in the Petrifying Gaze of the Other" presents Lacan's mirror stage, Sartre's "Medusa Look", Freud's "Medusa's Head" and Cixous' "The Laugh of the Medusa".
"When I asked Gianni why he chose Medusa's head," Donatella Versace once explained, "he told me he thought that whoever falls in love with Medusa can't flee from her."
That is how the Medusa's head rose during the performance, and how a mechanical pianist hit the ivories with delirious abandon.
The Greeks elevated all its major players to the heavens: Perseus with his scimitar and Medusa's head; Andromeda, the chained maiden; Cepheus, the King; Cassiopeia, the Queen; Pegasus, the Winged Horse; and Cetus, the Sea Monster.
Raymond Queneau in his long poem Oak and Dog derides Medusa as grotesque in the couplet: "Severed head, woman gone wrong/ Medusa who sticks out her tongue" (56) but modern feminist theorists such as Helene Cixous (1975) and Annis Pratt (1994) have written extensively about the empowerment of Medusa's head, that is, her penetrating, petrifying gaze and beautiful horror.
Want to know who cut off Medusa's head? Which hero was raised by a she-bear?
"Medusa's Head: 'Male Hysteria under Political Pressure.'" Representations 4 (Autumn 1983): 27-54.
Summary: White marble sculpture of Medusa's head will be returned on Monday to Algeria Culture Minister Khalida Toumi at ceremony in Tunis.