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arethusa

[ar-uh-thoo-zuh] /ˌær əˈθu zə/
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 of arethusa
1810-1820
1810-20; (< New Latin) < Greek Aréthousa
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  • The tongue of the arethusa of three months ago would have gone like a bell clapper under circumstances such as these.

    The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox
  • There was yet the Kln with which the arethusa had to do battle.

  • No, arethusa could not believe that even Miss Eliza would want to be so unfeeling to beautiful dresses such as this.

    The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox
  • Then arethusa, in blind panic, fled before the god who loved her.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Her own handwriting, said arethusa, would have far more effect on Timothy than the handwriting of any stranger.

    The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox
  • And now, arethusa, you are really going to learn to play on the piano.

  • Thus arethusa and the Mincius typify the pastoral tone in which Milton conceives and constructs his poem.

    Minor Poems by Milton John Milton
  • Well, Jasper, you must know that arethusa's piano is actually engaged.

  • You did something to Timothy, arethusa, when he was in the City to see you.

    The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox
  • arethusa stretched her arms high and stood on tiptoe to meet them.

    The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox
British Dictionary definitions for arethusa

arethusa

/ˌærɪˈθjuːzə/
noun
1.
a North American orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, having one long narrow leaf and one rose-purple flower fringed with yellow

Arethusa

/ˌærɪˈθjuːzə/
noun
1.
(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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