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rhea

[ree-uh] /ˈri ə/
noun
1.
the ramie plant or fiber.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < Assamese rihā

Rhea

[ree-uh] /ˈri ə/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a Titan, the daughter of Uranus and Gaea, the wife and sister of Cronus, and the mother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hades, Demeter, and Hestia: identified with Cybele and, by the Romans, with Ops.
2.
Astronomy. one of the moons of Saturn.
3.
(lowercase) either of two South American, ratite birds, Rhea americana or Pterocnemia pennata, resembling the African ostrich but smaller and having three toes.
4.
a female given name.

-rhea

1.
variant of -rrhea.
Compare rheo-.
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  • Bolas are commonly found and were used to catch guanaco and rhea.
British Dictionary definitions for rhea

rhea

/ˈrɪə/
noun
1.
either of two large fast-running flightless birds, Rhea americana or Pterocnemia pennata, inhabiting the open plains of S South America: order Rheiformes. They are similar to but smaller than the ostrich, having three-toed feet and a completely feathered body See ratite
Word Origin
C19: New Latin; arbitrarily named after Rhea1

Rhea1

/ˈrɪə/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a Titaness, wife of Cronus and mother of several of the gods, including Zeus: a fertility goddess Roman counterpart Ops

Rhea2

/ˈrɪə/
noun
1.
the second largest satellite of the planet Saturn
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Word Origin and History for rhea
rhea
S.Amer. ostrich, 1801, Mod.L. genus name, from Gk. Rhea, titaness, mother of Zeus, a name of unknown origin.
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