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 (är′ə-tho͞o′zə, -sə)
n. Greek Mythology
A wood nymph who was changed into a fountain by Artemis.

[Latin Arethūsa, from Greek Arethousa.]


 (är′ə-tho͞o′zə, -sə)
[From Arethusa.]


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


(Classical Myth & Legend) 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


(ˌær əˈθu zə)

n., pl. -sas.
1. Also called dragon's mouth, swamp pink .an orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, of E North America.
2. (cap.) a nymph in Greek mythology changed into a spring to save her from pursuit by the river god Alpheus.
[1810–20; (< New Latin) < Greek Aréthousa]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arethusa - any of several bog orchids of the genus Arethusa having 1 or 2 showy flowersarethusa - any of several bog orchids of the genus Arethusa having 1 or 2 showy flowers
orchid, orchidaceous plant - any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
genus Arethusa - genus of bog orchids of North America and Japan
Arethusa bulbosa, bog rose, dragon's mouth, wild pink - a bog orchid with usually a solitary fragrant magenta pink blossom with a wide gaping corolla; Canada
References in classic literature ?
Yes, Arethusa herself and Pandora, whom we all know by her box, looked down upon the two new managers of the Opera, who ended by clutching at some piece of wreckage and from there stared silently at Box Five on the grand tier.
124} by the fountain Arethusa, where they are fattening on beechmast and spring water after their manner.
Thorpe, the eldest boy, was old enough to go on the Arethusa, and Athelny regaled his family with magnificent descriptions of the appearance the lad would make when he came back in uniform for his holidays.
Ex foeminis Pasiphae, Ariadne, Berenice, Hermione, Briseis, Penelobe, Deidamira, Ersilia uxor Rouli, Ero, Virginia, Anaxarete, Antigone, Arachne, Arethusa, Arsinoe, Polyxena, Pelagia, Lycaste, Iocasta, Hecuba, Cassandra, Hesperie, Cleopatra, Coelia, Ilia, Sybillae, Vestales.
1973), "Early Greece: The Origins of Greek Attitude towards Women" in Arethusa 6: 7-58, hereafter abbreviated "OGA," and (1981), "The Divided World of the Iliad VI," Women's Studies 8: 21-46, hereafter abbreviated "DW.
His latest work, Unisphere: Symbol of the 1964 New York World's Fair, is published by Arethusa Press.
And Charlotte Couchman on the Arethusa a year later, "You may depend, if ever I get safe on land again, I shall not venture on the sea to return to England.
It is in this sense that one can understand Philaster's unusual request to be changed by the gods into a stone monument to his own betrayal, so that future ages may remember Arethusa and Bellario's villainy: "Some good god look down / And shrink these veins up.
Buono, Properzio e lepistola di Arethusa a Lycotas.
Henry Candy's Alonsoa and the Ed Dunlop-trained Arethusa are also worth keeping an eye on, while Astrelle (Marco Botti), Banzari (Michael Bell), Bonnie Grey (Rod Millman) and the debutant Teofilo's Princess (Clive Brittain) complete the 12 entries.