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Circe (SUR-see) noun

An irresistibly charming woman.

[After Circe, an enchantress in Greek mythology. She was known to lure sailors to her island and turn them into swine.]

"In Giuseppe Tornatore's new film, Malena, the Italian actress Monica Bellucci plays a heroine who is every man's dream and every woman's nightmare. The young and gorgeous Malena Scordia, who is marooned in her husband's village in Sicily when he goes off to the second world war, is an unwitting Circe, driving men to lust and their wives to plot revenge." Laura Winters, Arts: Part Siren, Part Muse, All Trouble, The Guardian (London), Mar 5, 2001.

This week's theme: eponyms.

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There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

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