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[muh-lis-uh] /məˈlɪs ə/
Classical Mythology. the sister of Amalthea who nourished the infant Zeus with honey.
Also, Melissie, Melissy
[muh-lis-ee] /məˈlɪs i/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The virtuous Melissa parted from them with many blessings and tears.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Melissa Busteed was on the very front bench with the boys, of whom Josiah was one.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • They shouted at us some name—a woman's name, Miranda or Melissa—or some such thing.

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • Melissa thinks she should take up the work and give her friend a rest.

  • Finally, I imagine Melissa did not fancy being second choice.

Word Origin and History for Melissa

fem. proper name, from Latin, from Greek (Ionic) melissa (Attic melitta) "honeybee," also "one of the priestesses of Delphi," from PIE *melit-ya, suffixed form of *melit- "honey" (cf. Greek meli, Latin mel "honey; sweetness;" Albanian mjal' "honey;" Old Irish mil "honey," Irish milis "sweet;" Old English mildeaw "nectar," milisc "honeyed, sweet;" Old High German milsken "to sweeten;" Gothic miliþ "honey").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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