Tethys

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From Ancient Greek Τηθύς (Tēthús).

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Tethys

  1. (Greek mythology) Personification of fertile waters, she was a Titan daughter of Uranus and Gaia, and with her brother Oceanus gave birth to all rivers and the Oceanids.
  2. (geology) A large ocean which formerly lay between Eurasia and Africa.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 106:
      Much of the Tethys was shallow and warm during the Mesozoic, and full of life, a marine paradise of sorts: ammonites and sharks thrived, and are now preserved as fossils that date the rocks.
  3. (astronomy) A moon of Saturn.

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