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Europa

[ yoo-roh-puh, yuh- ]
/ yʊˈroʊ pə, yə- /
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noun

Also Europe. Classical Mythology. a sister of Cadmus who was abducted by Zeus in the form of a bull and taken to Crete, where she bore him Rhadamanthus, Minos, and Sarpedon.
Astronomy. a large natural satellite of the planet Jupiter.

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British Dictionary definitions for Europa (1 of 2)

Europa1
/ (jʊˈrəʊpə) /

noun

Greek myth a Phoenician princess who had three children by Zeus in Crete, where he had taken her after assuming the guise of a white bull. Their offspring were Rhadamanthus, Minos, and Sarpedon

British Dictionary definitions for Europa (2 of 2)

Europa2
/ (jʊˈrəʊpə) /

noun

the smallest of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter. Diameter: 3138 km; orbital radius: 671 000 km
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Scientific definitions for Europa

Europa
[ yu-rōpə ]

One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter and the sixth in distance from the planet. It was originally sighted by Galileo. See Note at moon.
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