• WordNet 3.6
    • n arethusa any of several bog orchids of the genus Arethusa having 1 or 2 showy flowers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arethusa In botany, a genus of orchids, consisting of a single species, A. bulbosa, a small swamp-plant of North America, with a handsome rosy-purple sweet-scented flower terminating a sheathed scape.
    • n arethusa In zoology: A genus of acalephs. A genus of mollusks. Montfort, 1808. A genus of reptiles. Duméril and Bibron, 1840. A genus of crustaceans.
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In literature:

Alpheus, river god pursuing Arethusa, who escaped by being changed to a fountain.
"Legends of Charlemagne" by Thomas Bulfinch
ARETHUSA, Naiad of a Spring.
"Prosepine and Midas" by Mary Shelley
The names of the Hesperides were Aegle, Arethusa, and Hesperia.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
He and Arethusa sat together on the other side; but Arethusa ignored him just as much as possible.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
Arethusa always receives her with the respect and honour due to her Queen and Huntress, chaste and fair.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
Arethusa drew near and gazed into Polly's face; seeing which, the cat was safely transferred to Joel, and Polly turned around to the girl.
"Five Little Peppers at School" by Margaret Sidney
It is the Oread Arethusa flying from the river-god Alpheus.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
Do you think Arethusa French will be the same as Arethusa Gaunt?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Moschus in his third Idyll calls upon the nightingales to tell the river Arethusa that Bion is dead.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
She'll need 'em; she'll be finished before this amateur sculptor finishes his blooming Arethusa.
"The Moonlit Way" by Robert W. Chambers

In poetry:

Silver-sandalled Arethusa
Not more swiftly fled the sands,
Fled the plains and fled the sunlights,
Fled the murmuring ocean strands.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Thy dreams! when, breasting matted weeds
Of Arethusa, thou didst hear
The music of the wind-swept reeds;
And down dim forest-ways drew near
Shy herds of slim Arcadian deer.
"The Faun" by Madison Julius Cawein