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Circe (s) (a proper noun) (no plural)
In Greek Mythology: A goddess who turned Odysseus' men temporarily into swine but later gave him directions for their journey home.

Odysseus, was the main character in Homer's epic poem, the Odyssey, and he played a key role in the Iliad. He is known for his guile and resourcefulness, and was most famous for the ten years it took him to return home after the Trojan War.

In Greek mythology, Circe or Kírkē (Greek Κίρκη) was a goddess (or sometimes a nymph or a sorceress) living on the island of Aeaea.

Circe invited Odysseus' crew to a feast, but the food was laced with one of her magical potions, and she turned them all into pigs with a wand after they gorged themselves on the food.

Only Eurylochus, suspecting treachery from the beginning, escaped to warn Odysseus and the others who had stayed behind at the ships.

Odysseus went to rescue his men, but was intercepted by Hermes and told to procure some of the herb moly to protect him from the same fate as his men.

When Circe's magic failed, Odysseus was able to force her to return his men back into their human forms.

Later Circe fell in love with Odysseus and assisted him in his quest to reach his home after he and his crew spent a year with her on her island during which Odysseus and Circe made love in her "flawless bed of love".

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A fascinating woman who can turn men into swine.
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When not capitalized, circe (s) and circes (pl) are common nouns.

Such nouns refer to an enchanting, bewitching, and a captivating woman, or women; as, indicated in the cartoon shown above as "a dangerously or irresistibly fascinating woman".

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