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rhea

[ ree-uh ]
/ ˈri ə /
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noun
the ramie plant or fiber.
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Origin of rhea

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

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Other definitions for rhea (2 of 3)

Rhea
[ ree-uh ]
/ ˈri ə /

noun
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

Other definitions for rhea (3 of 3)

-rhea

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

rhea
/ (ˈrɪə) /

noun
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

British Dictionary definitions for rhea (2 of 3)

Rhea1
/ (ˈrɪə) /

noun
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)

Rhea2
/ (ˈrɪə) /

noun
the second largest satellite of the planet Saturn
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