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Noun: rhea  ree-u
  1. Smaller of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toed; found from Peru to Strait of Magellan
    - nandu, Pterocnemia pennata
     
  2. Larger of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toed; found from Brazil to Patagonia
    - Rhea americana
Noun: Rhea  ree-u
  1. Fertility goddess in ancient Greek mythology; wife of Cronus and mother of Zeus; identified with Roman Ops and Cybele of ancient Asia Minor

Derived forms: rheas

Type of: flightless bird, ratite, ratite bird, Titaness

Part of: genus Pterocnemia, genus Rhea, Pterocnemia

Encyclopedia: Rhea, Arkansas