Arethusa



Also called dragon’s mouth, swamp pink. an orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, of eastern North America, having a solitary pink flower with a blotched, fringed lip: now rare.
(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a nymph who was changed into a spring to save her when she was being pursued by the river god Alpheus.
Historical Examples

The tongue of the arethusa of three months ago would have gone like a bell clapper under circumstances such as these.
The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox

And now, arethusa, you are really going to learn to play on the piano.
Five Little Peppers at School Margaret Sidney

No, arethusa could not believe that even Miss Eliza would want to be so unfeeling to beautiful dresses such as this.
The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox

Well, Jasper, you must know that arethusa’s piano is actually engaged.
Five Little Peppers at School Margaret Sidney

Her own handwriting, said arethusa, would have far more effect on Timothy than the handwriting of any stranger.
The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox

arethusa stretched her arms high and stood on tiptoe to meet them.
The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox

Thus arethusa and the Mincius typify the pastoral tone in which Milton conceives and constructs his poem.
Minor Poems by Milton John Milton

They were all small and compactly built; but arethusa had got her height from her father.
The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox

You did something to Timothy, arethusa, when he was in the City to see you.
The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox

One of the chief joys of Timothy’s existence was teasing arethusa.
The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox

noun
a North American orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, having one long narrow leaf and one rose-purple flower fringed with yellow
noun
(Greek myth) a nymph who was changed into a spring on the island of Ortygia to escape the amorous advances of the river god Alpheus

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