- Also called dragon's mouth, swamp pink. an orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, of eastern North America, having a solitary pink flower with a blotched, fringed lip: now rare.
- (initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a nymph who was changed into a spring to save her when she was being pursued by the river god Alpheus.
Origin of arethusa
1810–20; (< New Latin) < Greek Aréthousa
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Examples from the Web for arethusa
There was yet the Kln with which the Arethusa had to do battle.
The Arethusa had also come up and prepared (p. 256) to launch a torpedo.
Then Arethusa, in blind panic, fled before the god who loved her.A Book of Myths
Arethusa was also the name of a water-nymph inhabiting the spring.
And now, Arethusa, you are really going to learn to play on the piano.Five Little Peppers at School
- a North American orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, having one long narrow leaf and one rose-purple flower fringed with yellow
- 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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