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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
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FAMOUS FACES: A star-studded cast came to town to present the play Dragons Mouth by J B Priestley and Jacquetta Hawkes at Huddersfield Town Hall.