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arethusa

[ ar-uh-thoo-zuh ]
/ ˌær əˈθu zə /
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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.

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Origin of arethusa

1810–20; (<New Latin ) <Greek Aréthousa

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British Dictionary definitions for arethusa (1 of 2)

arethusa
/ (ˌærɪˈθjuːzə) /

noun

a North American orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, having one long narrow leaf and one rose-purple flower fringed with yellow

British Dictionary definitions for arethusa (2 of 2)

Arethusa
/ (ˌærɪˈθjuːzə) /

noun

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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