What does "bore" mean in Athena's aegis bore the severed head of the monstrous Medusa? I looked it up in dictionaries and found a relevant meaning:

to make a long deep hole with a tool or by digging

But this seems can't be applied here, as it basically is digging holes. How can one dig a hole on the aegis and the hole looks like Medusa's head? To me the bore here means more like "carve", but I can't find this in the dictionary. So what does it really mean here?

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In this sentence, bore is the simple past of bear. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, bear has several meanings- in this sentence, the most likely is

to have or continue to have something

What this sentance means is that Athena wears an aegis (a protective animal skin) which has a likeness of a medusa's head on it. Here is a statue of Athena: note the gorgon's head featured on the aegis which is worn diagonally across her chest.

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It is the past tense form of "bear", that is, "to carry".

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