arethusa

arethusa

[ar-uh-thoo-zuh]
noun
1.
Also called dragon's mouth, swamp pink. an orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, of eastern North America, having a solitary pink flower with a blotched, fringed lip: now rare.
2.
(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a nymph who was changed into a spring to save her when she was being pursued by the river god Alpheus.

Origin:
1810–20; (< Neo-Latin) < Greek Aréthousa

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arethusa (ˌærɪˈθjuːzə)
 
n
a North American orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, having one long narrow leaf and one rose-purple flower fringed with yellow

Arethusa (ˌærɪˈθjuːzə)
 
n
Greek myth a nymph who was changed into a spring on the island of Ortygia to escape the amorous advances of the river god Alpheus

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arethusa

in Greek mythology, a nymph who gave her name to a spring in Elis and to another on the island of Ortygia, near Syracuse

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