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Amalthea

[am-uh l-thee-uh] /ˌæm əlˈθi ə/
1.
Classical Mythology, Amalthaea.
2.
Astronomy. a small natural satellite of the planet Jupiter.
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British Dictionary definitions for Amalthea

Amalthea1

/ˌæmælˈθiːə/
noun
1.
(Greek myth)
  1. a nymph who brought up the infant Zeus on goats' milk
  2. the goat itself
Also Amaltheia

Amalthea2

/ˌæmælˈθiːə/
noun
1.
an inner satellite of Jupiter
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Encyclopedia Article for Amalthea

small, potato-shaped moon of the planet Jupiter and the only Jovian satellite other than the four discovered by Galileo in 1610 to have been found by direct visual observation (as opposed to photography or electronic imaging) from Earth. It was discovered in 1892 by the American astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard and named for a figure in Greek mythology associated with the infant Jupiter

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