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Penelope Line breaks: Pe¦nel|ope
Pronunciation: /pəˈnɛləpi/
Greek Mythology

Definition of Penelope in English:

The wife of Odysseus, who was beset by suitors when her husband did not return after the fall of Troy. She put them off by saying that she would marry only when she had finished the piece of weaving on which she was engaged, and every night unravelled the work she had done during the day.

Words that rhyme with Penelope

canopy • satrapy

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