the ramie plant or fiber.

Origin of rhea

First recorded in 1850–55, rhea is from the Assamese word rihā




Classical Mythology. a Titan, the daughter of Uranus and Gaea, the wife and sister of Cronus, and the mother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hades, Demeter, and Hestia: identified with Cybele and, by the Romans, with Ops.
Astronomy. one of the moons of Saturn.
(lowercase) either of two South American, ratite birds, Rhea americana or Pterocnemia pennata, resembling the African ostrich but smaller and having three toes.
a female given name.


variant of -rrhea.
Compare rheo-.
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British Dictionary definitions for rhea



either of two large fast-running flightless birds, Rhea americana or Pterocnemia pennata, inhabiting the open plains of S South America: order Rheiformes . They are similar to but smaller than the ostrich, having three-toed feet and a completely feathered bodySee ratite

Word Origin for rhea

C19: New Latin; arbitrarily named after Rhea 1




Greek myth a Titaness, wife of Cronus and mother of several of the gods, including Zeus: a fertility goddessRoman counterpart: Ops




the second largest satellite of the planet Saturn
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Word Origin and History for rhea

South American ostrich, 1801, Modern Latin genus name, for unknown reasons from Greek Rhea, name of a titaness, mother of Zeus, a name of unknown origin. As a moon of Saturn, discovered 1672.

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