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Gaia

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡʌɪə
 
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Definition of Gaia in English:

1 (also Gaea, Ge) Greek Mythology The Earth personified as a goddess, daughter of Chaos. She was the mother and wife of Uranus (Heaven); their offspring included the Titans and the Cyclops.
2The earth viewed as a vast self-regulating organism (see Gaia hypothesis).
Example sentences
  • He advocated its use to alter the insect life of earth in order to venture beyond the homeostasis concept to the mythical state of Gaia.
  • But the life span of Gaia has to be measured in hundreds of millions, even in billions, of years.
  • If Gaia didn't luck upon the right system for that problem on the first try, things would quickly become grim.

Origin

Greek, 'Earth'. sense 2 was coined by James Lovelock, at the suggestion of the writer William Golding.

Derivatives

Gaian

1
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • I would be a creature of the earth, primordial, unblemished, Gaian.
  • If you have felt commanded by the Divine Imperative to protect Earth from planetary destruction, then you have undergone the first stage of a Gaian initiation.
  • However, in its Gaian mode, as a self-organizing, balancing system it shows harmonies, creative emergence and the sustenance of life.

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