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Phryne

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Greek
"toad"

Phryne Origin and Meaning

The name Phryne is a girl's name meaning "toad".
An odd name, with a pretty bad meaning, rescued by the reputation of the courtesan (more beautiful than Aphrodite) and the charming character Phryne Fisher from Australian author Kerry Greenwood's detective series Phryne Fisher's Mysteries, set in the 1930s. In the series Phryne is a wealthy Melbourne woman, but goes beyond her class and gender stereotypes - she can fly a plane, drives her own car and sometimes wears trousers. However, while displaying bohemian panache, she manages also to maintain style and class.
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Famous People Named Phryne

  • Mnesaretename of an Ancient Greek courtesan, but owing to her dark or yellowish complexion, or possibly a snub nose, she was called Phryne ("toad"). This was a nickname frequently given to other courtesans as well.
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Phryne in Pop Culture

  • Phryne Fishermain character in "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" by Kerry Greenwood
  • Ancient Greek nickname meaning "toad"literally "the brown animal". Phryne was a 4th,century BC hetaira or courtesan, famed for her beauty, whose stage name , like those of many hetairai , was based on a physical feature; she was called that either because of a dark complexion (*phrynos being cognate with brown) or because of a "snub nose" (phrynē "a kind of toad"). This stage name was borne by other hetairai also.
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