Al·​phe·​us al-ˈfē-əs How to pronounce Alpheus (audio)
: a Greek river-god who pursues the nymph Arethusa and is finally united with her

Word History


Latin, from Greek Alpheios

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alpheus was in 1567

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Cite this Entry

“Alpheus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Al·​phe·​us al-ˈfē-əs How to pronounce Alpheus (audio)
variants or Modern Greek Alfiós
river of southern Greece about 75 miles (121 kilometers) long in the western part of the Peloponnese flowing northwest into the Ionian Sea
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