Definition of Minos

1. Noun. Son of Zeus and Europa; king of ancient Crete; ordered Daedalus to build the labyrinth; after death Minos became a judge in the underworld.

Generic synonyms: Greek Deity
Derivative terms: Minoan

Definition of Minos

1. n. A king and lawgiver of Crete, fabled to be the son of Jupiter and Europa. After death he was made a judge in the Lower Regions.

Definition of Minos

1. Proper noun. (Greek mythology) The mythical king of Crete and the son of Zeus and Europa. ¹

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Definition of Minos

1. mino [n] - See also: mino

Medical Definition of Minos

1. A king and lawgiver of Crete, fabled to be the son of Jupiter and Europa. After death he was made a judge in the Lower Regions. Origin: Gr. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Minos

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1. Herodotus by Herodotus (1830)
"The Greeks refused to revenge the murder of minos,' at ... It is said that minos coming to Sicania, now called Sicily, in search of Daedalus,* 4 ..."

2. The Pantheon: Or, Ancient History of the Gods of Greece and Rome. For the by William Godwin (1814)
"minos', king of Crete, after the death of Aste- rius, married Pasiphae, daughter of the sun, or Apollo, and was the father of ..."

3. Greek and Roman [mythology] by William Sherwood Fox (1916)
"When Asterios died, minos claimed the crown, but was thwarted in his efforts to secure it, until, as a last resort, he asserted that it was his by divine ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"In Attic tradition and on the Athenian stage minos is a cruel tyrant, the heartless exactor of the tribute of Athenian youths to feed the Minotaur (qv). ..."

5. The History of Greece by Connop Thirlwall (1855)
"We would only suggest that the age of minos may not improbably be considered as representing a period, when the arts introduced by Phoenician settlers had ..."

6. The History of Greece by Connop Thirlwall (1855)
"in the Dorian states of Crete, could have been combined with that naval dominion which minos is said to have acquired: the later colonists indeed are ..."

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