Tethys

[ tee-this ]
/ ˈti θɪs /
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noun

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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Tethys

1
/ (ˈtiːθɪs, ˈtɛθ-) /

noun

Greek myth a Titaness and sea goddess, wife of Oceanus

Tethys

2
/ (ˈtiːθɪs, ˈtɛθ-) /

noun

a large satellite of the planet Saturn

Tethys

3
/ (ˈtiːθɪs, ˈtɛθ-) /

noun

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

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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