Alpheus

noun
Al·​phe·​us | \ al-ˈfē-əs How to pronounce Alpheus (audio) \

Definition of Alpheus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a Greek river-god who pursues the nymph Arethusa and is finally united with her

Alpheus

geographical name
Al·​phe·​us | \ al-ˈfē-əs How to pronounce Alpheus (audio) \
variants: or Modern Greek Alfiós \ äl-​ˈfyȯs How to pronounce Alpheus (audio) \

Definition of Alpheus (Entry 2 of 2)

river of southern Greece about 75 miles (121 kilometers) long in the western part of the Peloponnese flowing northwest into the Ionian Sea

First Known Use of Alpheus

Noun

1567, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alpheus

Noun

Latin, from Greek Alpheios

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The first known use of Alpheus was in 1567

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Alpheus

alphitomorphous

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“Alpheus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Alpheus. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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