Etymology
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Semele

daughter of Cadmus and mother (by Zeus) of Dionysus, via Latin from Greek Semelē, who seems to have been originally a Thraco-Phrygian earth goddess. From Phrygian Zemele "mother of the earth." Phrygian was an Indo-European language of central Anatolia, and the word probably is cognate with Old Church Slavonic zemlja "earth," Latin humus "earth, ground, soil" (from PIE root *dhghem- "earth").

updated on April 24, 2022

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