Cleopatra



[klee-uh-pa-truh, -pah-, -pey-] /ˌkli əˈpæ trə, -ˈpɑ-, -ˈpeɪ-/

noun
1.
69–30 b.c, queen of Egypt 51–49, 48–30.
2.
a female given name: from Greek words meaning “fame” and “father.”.
/ˌkliːəˈpætrə; -ˈpɑː-/
noun
1.
a yellow butterfly, Gonepteryx cleopatra, the male of which has its wings flushed with orange
/ˌkliːəˈpætrə; -ˈpɑː-/
noun
1.
?69–30 bc, queen of Egypt (51–30), renowned for her beauty: the mistress of Julius Caesar and later of Mark Antony. She killed herself with an asp to avoid capture by Octavian (Augustus)

common name of sister-queens in Egypt under the Ptolemaic Dynasty. The name is Greek, probably meaning “key to the fatherland,” from kleis “key” (see clavicle) + patris, genitive of pater “father” (see father (n.)). The famous queen was the seventh of that name.

A queen of Egypt in the first century b.c., famous for her beauty, charm, and luxurious living. She lived for some time in Rome with Julius Caesar. For several years after Caesar was assassinated, she lived in Egypt with the Roman politician Mark Antony. Antony killed himself on hearing a false report that she was dead. After Antony’s death, Cleopatra committed suicide by allowing an asp, a poisonous snake, to bite her.

Note: The play Antony and Cleopatra, by William Shakespeare, dramatizes Cleopatra’s affair with Antony and her suicide.

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