Classical Mythology. a Titan, a daughter of Uranus and Gaea, the wife of Oceanus and mother of the Oceanids and river gods.
Astronomy. one of the moons of Saturn.
Geology. the Mesozoic ocean or seaway of which the Mediterranean Sea is a greatly shrunken remnant.

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Historical Examples of tethys

  • There were no consequences of the Tethys' visit except that card.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • They were the shadows of Mimas, Enceladus, and Tethys, the three inner satellites.

    A Honeymoon in Space

    George Griffith

  • These are the eldest daughters that sprang from Ocean and Tethys; but there are many besides.

  • Ocenus and Tethys are ranked in the highest classes of sea-deities, and as governors in chief over the whole world of waters.

  • Thetis, one of the sea deities, was daughter of Nereus and Doris and is often confounded with Tethys, her grandmother.

British Dictionary definitions for tethys




Greek myth a Titaness and sea goddess, wife of Oceanus




a large satellite of the planet Saturn




the sea that lay between Laurasia and Gondwanaland, the two supercontinents formed by the first split of the larger supercontinent Pangaea. The Tethys Sea can be regarded as the predecessor of today's smaller MediterraneanSee also Pangaea
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Word Origin and History for tethys


geologists' name for the sea that anciently lay between Eurasia and Africa-Arabia, 1893, from the name of a Greek sea goddess, sister and consort of Oceanus.

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