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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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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