In Homer's Odyssey, Penelope is the wife of Odysseus, who fends off suitors as she waits for him to return from war. Her name may derive from the name of a type of duck, possibly combined with a suffix denoting a predatory animal (i.e, meaning "killer wigeon"). Alternately, her name may come from Greek pene "weft of a loom" with ops meaning "face." in modern times, Penny is a common diminutive form.
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