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

  • n. 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.
  • n. One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter and the sixth in distance from the planet. It was originally sighted by Galileo.

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  • proper n. A Phoenician princess abducted to Crete by Zeus
  • proper n. A moon of Jupiter

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

Etymologies

Latin Eurōpa, from Greek Eurōpē.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Εὐρώπα (Europa), a character in Greek mythology. (Wiktionary)

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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