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Meleagrides

Meleagrids

In Greek mythology, the Meleagrids were the daughters of Althaea and Oeneus, sisters of Meleager. When their brother died, Artemis changed them into guineafowl.

Hence the names of some species of guineafowl refer to the Meleagrids: Numida meleagris and Agelastes meleagrides. Also the family name for turkeys is meleagrididae.

The Meleagrids included Melanippe.

Ovid VIII, 534.

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