Pronounced Pron. awr-i-THIE-ə
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Contributor Contrib.erb816 on 8/21/2011
Latinized form of the Greek Ορειθυια (Oreithyia) which possibly meant "woman raging in the mountains" from Greek ορειος (oreios) "of the mountains" (from oros "mountain"; cf. Orestes) and θυιας (thyias) "inspired, possessed woman" (derived from thyô "to rage, to desire eagerly"; cf. Thyone). This name belonged to several characters in Greek mythology, including an Amazonian queen who co-ruled with Antiope (her sister, according to some sources) until the latter was captured by Theseus, after which she ruled solely until her death.