- Classical Mythology. the wife of Minos, mother of Ariadne, and mother of the Minotaur by the Cretan bull.
- Astronomy. a small moon of the planet Jupiter.
- Greek myth the wife of Minos and mother (by a bull) of the Minotaur
- astronomy a small outer satellite of the planet Jupiter
wife of Minos, mother of Phaedra and Ariadne, from Latin, from Greek Pasiphae, from pasiphaes “shining for all,” from pasi “for all,” dative plural of pas, pan “all” (see pan-) + phaos “light” (see fantasy).