Cetus (mythology)

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In Ancient Greek kētŏs (κῆτος, plural kētē=kētea, κήτη, κήτεα[1]), Latinized as cetus (plural ceti or cetē = cetea[2]), is any huge sea creature or sea monster.[3] According to Greek mythology, Perseus killed Cetus to save Andromeda from being sacrificed to it. The term cetacean (for whale) derives from cetus. In Greek art, ceti were depicted as snakelike fish. The name of the sea goddess Ceto is derived from kētos. The name of the constellation Cetus also derives from this word.

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  1. Sheldon-Williams, I. P., ed. (1981), Johannis Scotti Erivgenae Periphyseon (De Divisione Naturae) Liber Tertius, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae Volume XI, L. Bieler., p. 305
  2. Sheldon-Williams, I. P., ed. (1847), The Theory and Practice of Latin Grammar, L. Bieler., R. Groombridge & Sons, p. 22
  3. "κῆτος" in Liddell, Henry and Robert Scott. 19406. A Greek-English Lexicon. Revised by H.S. Jones and R. McKenzie.. Oxford: Clarendon Press.