Melissa

[muh-lis-uh]
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noun

Classical Mythology. the sister of Amalthea who nourished the infant Zeus with honey.
Also Me·lis·sie, Me·lis·sy [muh-lis-ee] /məˈlɪs i/. a female given name.

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Melissa

fem. proper name, from Latin, from Greek (Ionic) melissa (Attic melitta) "honeybee," also "one of the priestesses of Delphi," from PIE *melit-ya, suffixed form of *melit- "honey" (cf. Greek meli, Latin mel "honey; sweetness;" Albanian mjal' "honey;" Old Irish mil "honey," Irish milis "sweet;" Old English mildeaw "nectar," milisc "honeyed, sweet;" Old High German milsken "to sweeten;" Gothic miliþ "honey").

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