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Rhe·a

 (rē′ə)
n.
1. Greek Mythology The sister and wife of Cronus and the mother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon, and Zeus.
2. A satellite of Saturn.

[Latin, from Greek Rheā.]

rhe·a

 (rē′ə)
n.
Either of two large flightless South American birds, Rhea americana or R. pennata (syn. Pterocnemia pennata), having gray-brown plumage, a long neck and legs, and three-toed feet.

[New Latin Rhea, genus name, probably from Latin, the wife of Cronus; see Rhea.]

rhea

(ˈrɪə)
n
(Animals) 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. Also called: nandoo or nandu See ratite
[C19: New Latin; arbitrarily named after Rhea1]

Rhea

(ˈrɪə)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a Titaness, wife of Cronus and mother of several of the gods, including Zeus: a fertility goddess. Roman counterpart: Ops

Rhea

(ˈrɪə)
n
(Celestial Objects) the second largest satellite of the planet Saturn

rhe•a

(ˈri ə)

n., pl. rhe•as.
either of two ostrichlike ratite birds, Rhea americana or Pterocnemia pennata, of South America.
[< New Latin (1752), appar. after Latin Rhea, Greek Rhéa Rhea]

Rhe•a

(ˈri ə)

n.
(in Greek myth) a Titan, the wife and sister of Cronus, and the mother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hades, Demeter, and Hestia: identified by the Romans with Ops.

-rhea

var. of -rrhea.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rhea - fertility goddess in ancient Greek mythologyRhea - fertility goddess in ancient Greek mythology; wife of Cronus and mother of Zeus; identified with Roman Ops and Cybele of ancient Asia Minor
2.rhea - smaller of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toedrhea - smaller of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toed; found from Peru to Strait of Magellan
flightless bird, ratite, ratite bird - flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds
genus Pterocnemia, Pterocnemia - a genus of birds of the family Rheidae
3.rhea - larger of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toedrhea - larger of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toed; found from Brazil to Patagonia
flightless bird, ratite, ratite bird - flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds
genus Rhea - type genus of the Rheidae; large tall flightless South American birds similar to but smaller than ostriches
Translations
nandu

rhea

[ˈriːə] Nñandú m

rhea

nNandu m, → Pampasstrauß m
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They had descended one sultry evening on the little inn at Kyle Rhea ferry; and while Tom and another of the party put their tackle together and began exploring the stream for a sea-trout for supper, the third strolled into the house to arrange for their entertainment.
Cronos knowing that he is destined to be overcome by one of his children, swallows each one of them as they are born, until Zeus, saved by Rhea, grows up and overcomes Cronos in some struggle which is not described.
The plains near the Straits of Magellan are inhabited by one species of Rhea (American ostrich), and northward the plains of La Plata by another species of the same genus; and not by a true ostrich or emeu, like those found in Africa and Australia under the same latitude.
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Local rumor had it that a different species of rhea existed, but most people had never seen it.
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