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1. Greek Mythology A Phoenician princess abducted to Crete by Zeus, who had assumed the form of a white bull, and by him the mother of Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Sarpedon.
2. One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter. It was originally sighted by Galileo.
[Latin Eurōpa, from Greek Eurōpē.]
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a Phoenician princess who had three children by Zeus in Crete, where he had taken her after assuming the guise of a white bull. Their offspring were Rhadamanthus, Minos, and Sarpedon
(Celestial Objects) the smallest of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter. Diameter: 3138 km; orbital radius: 671 000 km
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Eu•ro•pa(yʊˈroʊ pə, yə-)
1. (in Greek myth) a sister of Cadmus who was abducted by Zeus in the form of a bull.
2. a large moon of the planet Jupiter.
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|Noun||1.||Europa - the 4th largest of Jupiter's satellites; covered with a smooth shell of frozen water|
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