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athenaeum

Noun

1 a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning [syn: atheneum]
2 a place where reading materials are available [syn: atheneum]

Extensive Definition

Athenaeum, also Athenæum or Atheneum, is used in the names of institutions or periodicals for literary, scientific, or artistic study. It may also be used in the names of educational institutions. The name is formed from the name of the classical Greek goddess Athena (the goddess of wisdom) in the same way that museum is formed from muse (the goddesses of culture).
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athenaeum in Danish: Athenæum
athenaeum in German: Athenäum
athenaeum in Finnish: Ateneum
athenaeum in French: Athénée (homonymie)
athenaeum in Russian: Атеней
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