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[muh-lis-uh] /məˈlɪs ə/
Classical Mythology. the sister of Amalthea who nourished the infant Zeus with honey.
Also, Melissie, Melissy
[muh-lis-ee] /məˈlɪs i/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Melissa, however, would not tell him till it came in its place in her story.

  • Melissa Busteed was on the very front bench with the boys, of whom Josiah was one.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He was too wise to notice his victory, however; and drawing Melissa's note from his pocket, opened it before her.

  • They shouted at us some name—a woman's name, Miranda or Melissa—or some such thing.

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • He will not even inform me to what place he has sent Melissa.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
Word Origin and History for Melissa

fem. proper name, from Latin, from Greek (Ionic) melissa (Attic melitta) "honeybee," also "one of the priestesses of Delphi," from PIE *melit-ya, suffixed form of *melit- "honey" (cf. Greek meli, Latin mel "honey; sweetness;" Albanian mjal' "honey;" Old Irish mil "honey," Irish milis "sweet;" Old English mildeaw "nectar," milisc "honeyed, sweet;" Old High German milsken "to sweeten;" Gothic miliþ "honey").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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