Tethys

noun Te·thys \ ˈtē-thəs \

Definition of Tethys

: a Titaness and wife of Oceanus

Origin and Etymology of tethys

Latin, from Greek Tēthys


Tethys

geographical name Te·thys \ ˈtē-thəs \

Definition of Tethys

either of two ancient seas: an earlier one that extended into eastern Pangaea late in the Paleozoic Era, or a later one that separated Laurasia to the north from Gondwana to the south during the Mesozoic Era
Note: The Mediterranean, Black, Caspian, and Aral seas are remnants of the later Tethys Sea.

Tethyan

play \-thē-ən\ adjective

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