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[heer-uh, her-uh] /ˈhɪər ə, ˈhɛr ə/

the ancient Greek queen of heaven, a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and the wife and sister of Zeus.
(Greek myth) the queen of the Olympian gods and sister and wife of Zeus Roman counterpart Juno

sister and wife of Zeus, from Greek Hera, literally “protectress,” related to heros “hero,” originally “defender, protector.”

[Roman name Juno]

The Greek and Roman goddess who protected marriage; she was the wife of Zeus. Hera is best known for her jealousy and for her animosity toward the many mortal women with whom her husband fell in love. (See Judgment of Paris.)

An electron-proton collider at DESY, W. Germany.


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    [her-uh-kleez] /ˈhɛr əˌkliz/ noun 1. (def 1). 2. Also called Heracles Furens [fyoo r-uh ns] /ˈfyʊər əns/ (Show IPA). (italics) a tragedy (420? b.c.) by Euripides. /ˈhɛrəˌkliːz/ noun 1. the usual name (in Greek) for Hercules1 also Herakles, alternate (more classically correct) forms of Hercules.

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