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Arethusa(ărĭtho͞o`sə), in Greek mythology, nymph favored by Artemis and loved by the river god Alpheus. While Arethusa was bathing in his stream, Alpheus rose up and tried to abduct her, but she fled under the ocean to the isle of Ortygia. There Artemis changed her into a fountain. But Alpheus followed her and was himself changed into a river and united with her. In ancient times it was believed that the waters of the Alpheus River flowed beneath the sea from Greece and reappeared in the fountain of Arethusa in the harbor of Syracuse.
popular name for members of the Orchidaceae, a family of perennial herbs widely distributed in both hemispheres. The unusually large family (of some 450 genera and an estimated 10,000 to 17,500 species) includes terrestrial, epiphytic (see epiphyte), and saprophytic
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An asteroid with a diameter of about 126 miles (210 kilometers), mean distance from the sun of 3.069 astronomical units, and C-type surface composition.
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changed into stream by Artemis to save her from river god, Alpheus. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 29]
changed into stream by Artemis to save her from Alpheus. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 29]
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