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Contributor Contrib.LMS on 10/18/2007
Possibly from Greek amphis "surrounding" and tris "third" ("the third" apparently refers to the sea). In Greek mythology Amphitrite was the goddess of saltwater, wife of Poseidon and mother of Triton; her offspring also included seals and dolphins. She is variously given as the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys (and thus an oceanid) or of Nereus and Doris (and thus a nereid). Her Roman equivalent is Salacia.