for Saturday, 3 December
Today's Word was chosen in partnership with the Museum of Science as the Science Word of The Week!
[ gan-uh-meed ]
the largest moon of the planet Jupiter.
What is the origin of Ganymede?
Ganymede is named for a teenage boy in Greek mythology whom the gods chose to be their cup-bearer because of his beauty. One possibility is that Ganymede comes from the Greek words gánymai, “to be glad,” and mḗdea, “art, counsel, plans.” The second of these elements is also the origin of numerous names of Greek origin that contain med-, such as Archimedes and Medea. Ganymede was first recorded in English in the 1550s.
EXAMPLE OF GANYMEDE USED IN A SENTENCE
Though Galileo discovered Ganymede, his telescope was far too weak to detect the craters and ice that cover the moon’s surface.