Well, isn’t this museworthy!

photo by Jennifer Robbins

Muse (myōōz) n.

  1. A guiding spirit.
  2. A source of inspiration.

late 14c., protectors of the arts, from L. Musa, from Gk. Mousa, lit. “muse, music, song,” from PIE root *mon-/*men-/*mn- “to think, remember” (see mind (n.)). The names of the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (q.v.), and their specialties are traditionally: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (love poetry, lyric art), Euterpe (music, especially flute), Melpomene (tragedy), Polymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), Urania (astronomy). – – – (muse. (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved May 25, 2010, from Dictionary.com website )

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