Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Greek Mythology A Phoenician princess abducted to Crete by Zeus, who had assumed the form of a white bull, and by him the mother of Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Sarpedon.
  • noun One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter. It was originally sighted by Galileo.

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  • proper noun Greek mythology A Phoenician princess abducted to Crete by Zeus
  • proper noun astronomy A moon of Jupiter

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  • noun the 4th largest of Jupiter's satellites; covered with a smooth shell of frozen water

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin Eurōpa, from Greek Eurōpē.]

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From Ancient Greek Εὐρώπα (Europa), a character in Greek mythology.

Examples

  • "A Spy in Europa" is one of my favourite pieces of S/F.

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  • I also wanted to let you know that "A Spy in Europa" is freely available online at Infinity Plus - go check it out and get a taste of what his short stories are like!

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  • When the term Europa was first used around 1500, it referred to the areas over which the Frankish ruler Charlemagne had nominally held jurisdiction, a territory far smaller than that which the word “Europe” implies today.

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  • Burnamy had heard her history; in fact, he had already roughed out a poem on it, which he called Europa, not after the old fable, but because it seemed to him that she expressed Europe, on one side of its civilization, and had an authorized place in its order, as she would not have had in ours.

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  • Burnamy had heard her history; in fact, he had already roughed out a poem on it, which he called Europa, not after the old fable, but because it seemed to him that she expressed Europe, on one side of its civilization, and had an authorized place in its order, as she would not have had in ours.

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  • Burnamy had heard her history; in fact, he had already roughed out a poem on it, which he called Europa, not after the old fable, but because it seemed to him that she expressed Europe, on one side of its civilization, and had an authorized place in its order, as she would not have had in ours.

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  • "A Spy in Europa" is written by Alastair Reynolds, not Paul Mcauley.

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  • Schengen war es einfach für die Menschen in Europa zu bewegen.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Regulation Gone Mad

  • Es war leicht, in Europa zu bewegen – aber Schengen, die es einfach für Kriminelle und Migranten zu bewegen, um in anderen Ländern.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Regulation Gone Mad

  • Het was gemakkelijk te verplaatsen in Europa – maar Schengen maakte het makkelijk voor criminelen en immigranten te verhuizen naar andere landen.

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  • Europa was the beautiful daughter of the Phoenician king of Tyre, Agenor. Accordingo to Greek mythology, Zeus, the King of the gods, saw Europa as she was gathering flowers by the sea and immediately fell in love with her.

    February 14, 2010