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Topic: ARTS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa

muse

2 noun
     
muse2 [countable]
1A someone's muse is the force or person that makes them want to write, paint, or make music, and helps them to have good ideas [= inspiration]:
Rossetti's wife and creative muse
2 also Muse one of the nine ancient Greek goddesses who each represented a particular art or science:
the Muse of History
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