The principal goddess of the pantheon and the wife of Jupiter, worshiped as the goddess of women, marriage, childbirth, and the moon, and as the protector of the state. She came to be identified with the Greek Hera.
[Latin Iūnō, from iuvenis, young (probably from her association with the new moon); see yeu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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