Definition of Rhea in English:

Rhea

proper noun

  • 1Greek Mythology
    One of the Titans, wife of Cronus and mother of Zeus, Demeter, Poseidon, Hera, and Hades. Frightened of betrayal by their children, Cronus ate them; Rhea rescued Zeus from this fate by hiding him and giving Cronus a stone wrapped in blankets instead.

  • 2Astronomy
    A satellite of Saturn, the fourteenth closest to the planet, discovered by Cassini in 1672, and having a diameter of 951 miles (1,530 km)

Pronunciation:

Rhea

/rēə/

Definition of rhea in English:

rhea

noun

  • A large flightless bird of South American grasslands, resembling a small ostrich, with grayish-brown plumage.

    • ‘In rheas, very small and very large clutches are more likely to be abandoned during incubation compared to intermediate-sized clutches.’
    • ‘A similar synchronized pattern was found in large flocks of ostriches and greater rheas, but these studies did not manipulate neighbor distance nor did they control for group size.’
    • ‘Like other studies of rheas we also observed that the male incorporated to its group chicks from other groups.’
    • ‘Glacial ice in your whiskey, guaranteed guanaco, condor and rhea sightings, and even a vegetarian option come mealtimes are just some of the luxuries.’
    • ‘The park is home to 105 species of birds ranging from condors and austral parakeets to rheas - the South American ostriches.’
    • ‘The rhea and our very own ostrich, as well as the emu from New Zealand all look as if they had the same ancestor.’
    • ‘Located within the National Trust's beautiful Morden Hall Park, Dene City Farm has a wide variety of farm animals from the common chickens, pigs, cows to the more exotic, such as ferrets and rheas.’
    • ‘Likewise, if rheas and ostriches share a common ancestor, then the separation time of Africa and South America indicates that those birds have been evolving apart for 100-105 million years.’
    • ‘He saw the common rhea - an ostrichlike bird - living in Argentina.’
    • ‘In summary, in rheas as well and in other ratites, the high energetic costs associated with incubation and post-hatching parental care would favor paternal care and a mating system that combines polyandry and polygyny.’
    • ‘However, for rheas living in subtropical areas, nest attention could also avoid egg temperatures increasing up to lethal level for embryos.’
    • ‘But because it also keeps small collections of wallabies, emus and rheas, pressure group Zoo Check says the farm should come under strict zoo regulations.’
    • ‘For six hours we speed through sensational country, looking out for dolphins in the Straits of Magellan, and rheas, South American ostriches, as we cross the Patagonian steppe.’
    • ‘Moreover, if ostriches and rheas are indeed related to each other, as some evidence seems to suggest, then they represent a historical connection across the South Atlantic between Africa and South America.’
    • ‘The grass plains have long been home to the rhea, whose eggs are thought a delicacy, as well as the flesh, which is either jerked or eaten fresh.’
    • ‘Here's one with the flightless birds over there, the rheas.’
    • ‘Because rheas walk almost continuously while foraging, we considered that they were walking instead of foraging only when the head was above the body while walking.’
    • ‘The chicks have now been removed from the father - who, in the case of the rhea family, incubates the eggs and cares for the chicks.’
    • ‘Aside from the salary he receives from the foundation, Carlinhos has a pet shop and a farm close to the city where he wants to retire to raise rheas and capybaras.’
    • ‘Rheas were considered to be solitary when no other rheas were within a radius of 100 m, whereas they were considered to be part of a group if they were within 50 m from one another.’

Origin

Early 19th century: modern Latin (genus name), from the name of the Titan Rhea.

Pronunciation:

rhea

/ˈrēə/