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[am-uh l-thee-uh]
  1. Classical Mythology. Amalthaea.
  2. Astronomy. a small natural satellite of the planet Jupiter.
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or Am·al·the·a

[am-uh l-thee-uh]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a nymph who brought up the infant Zeus on the milk of a goat: in some versions she is the goat rather than a nymph.
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Historical Examples of amalthea

  • They fed the infant deity with the milk of the goat Amalthea.

    The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911)

    Charles Mills Gayley

  • It is supposed to represent Amalthea, the goat which nursed Jupiter.

  • His white greyhound, Amalthea, lay at his feet, looking up at him with his soft black eyes.

  • After due consideration of these names, certain writers unanimously adopted that of Amalthea.

  • Jupiter himself, the greatest of all, was born in Crete, where he was suckled by the she-goat Amalthea.


    August Strindberg

British Dictionary definitions for amalthea


  1. Greek myth
    1. a nymph who brought up the infant Zeus on goats' milk
    2. the goat itself
    Also: Amaltheia
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  1. an inner satellite of Jupiter
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