Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The typical genus of the family Opheliidæ.

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  • proper noun A female given name.
  • proper noun A moon of Uranus, named after the character in Hamlet.

Etymologies

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Italian Ofelia, coined by the poet Jacopo Sannazzaro in his poem Arcadia (1504), presumably from Ancient Greek ὄφελος (óphelos, "help"). Used by Shakespeare for the ill-fated bride of Hamlet.

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