[ ree-uh ]
/ ˈri ə /
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the ramie plant or fiber.



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Origin of rhea

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

Definition for rhea (2 of 3)

[ ree-uh ]
/ ˈri ə /


Classical Mythology. a Titan, the daughter of Uranus and Gaia, 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.

Origin of Rhea

First recorded in 1700–10; from Latin Rhea, from Greek Rhéa; further origin uncertain

Definition for rhea (3 of 3)


variant of -rrhea.
Compare rheo-.
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British Dictionary definitions for rhea (1 of 3)

/ (ˈrɪə) /


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
C19: New Latin; arbitrarily named after Rhea 1

British Dictionary definitions for rhea (2 of 3)

/ (ˈrɪə) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for rhea (3 of 3)

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the second largest satellite of the planet Saturn
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