One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A burrowing bivalve mollusk with a fragile shell, the unequal valves of which form a “box” with a lid.
Genus Pandora, family Pandoridae
- ‘Only one microscopical species, Symbion pandora, has been described.’
- ‘Placostylus ambagiosus pandora is a subspecies of very large, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusc in the family Bulimulidae.’
Modern Latin, from Greek pandoura ‘three-stringed lute’ (because of the shell's resemblance to the soundbox of a stringed instrument).
proper nounGreek Mythology
The first mortal woman. In one story she was created by Zeus and sent to earth with a jar or box of evils in revenge for Prometheus' having brought the gift of fire back to the world. Pandora let out all the evils from the jar to infect the earth; hope alone remained to assuage the lot of humankind.
From the Greek name Pandōra ‘all-gifted’ (from pan ‘all’ + dōron ‘gift’).
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