Philyra Name Meaning & Origin

Philyra

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Lyra.
Phil.
Lily.

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"Linden tree" in Greek. As far as I know, all the irritating sources saying it means "lover of music" are WRONG. They're probably taking the "phil" and saying that means love, and the "lyre" and going, well, lyres are musical, right? NO.

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Philyra in Greek mythology was the mother of Chiron (wise old centaur). Unfortunately, as all centaurs are apparently male, her son's conception was a bit of a bad deal. In some versions of the myth, Philyra was horrible to her son and abandoned him at birth, later being changed into a linden tree as she was too ashamed to go on. In other myths, Philyra got over his horse legs after a point and helped him with all the kids that people kept sending off to be tutored. Which, I think, is the better version.

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