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  1. 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.
  2. (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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Historical Examples of arethusa

  • There was yet the Kln with which the Arethusa had to do battle.

    The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)


  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for arethusa


  1. a North American orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, having one long narrow leaf and one rose-purple flower fringed with yellow
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  1. 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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