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n. Greek Mythology
A wood nymph who was changed into a fountain by Artemis.
[Latin Arethūsa, from Greek Arethousa.]
See dragon's mouth.
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(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
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ar•e•thu•sa(ˌær əˈθu zə)
n., pl. -sas.
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]
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|Noun||1.||arethusa - 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
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