Melissa

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Translingual[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek μέλισσα (mélissa, honey bee) (compare Melissa), which in turn comes from μέλι (méli, honey).

Proper noun[edit]

Melissa f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Lamiaceae — lemon balm.

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέλισσα (mélissa, bee, honey, honeybee)

  • In Ireland it is sometimes used as a feminine form of the Gaelic male name Maoilíosa "servant of Jesus".

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Proper noun[edit]

Melissa

  1. (Greek mythology) Bee-nymph in Greek mythology.
  2. A female given name. Popular in the latter half of the 20th century.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1596 Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene. Book 6, Canto XII:
    And her owne handmayd, that Melissa hight
    Appointed to attend her dewly day and night
  • 1841 Charles Dickens: The Old Curiosity Shop. Chapman and Hall 1841. page 123:
    Miss Melissa Wackles was the eldest daughter, Miss Sophy the next, and Miss Jane the youngest.
  • 1959 Nicholas Blake: The Widow's Cruise. page 9:
    - - - by Mrs. Melissa Blaydon and Miss Ianthe Ambrose.
    "Well, they may be sisters," said Nigel. "Those elegant, classical Christian names suggest one father.

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Proper noun[edit]

Melissa

  1. A female given name, cognate to Melissa.

German[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Melissa

  1. A female given name, cognate to Melissa.

Italian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Melissa f

  1. A female given name, cognate to Melissa.

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Portuguese[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Melissa f

  1. Melissa (female given name)

Swedish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Melissa

  1. A female given name, cognate to Melissa.