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"the waterer"
  1. In Greek mythology, one of the Hesperides
  2. A nymph, daughter of Nereus (making her a Nereid), Arethusa ran from a suitor, Alpheus, the river god, making her way to Sicily. Artemis changed her into a fountain. Alpheus swam underground and mingled his waters with hers.
Arethusa occasionally appeared on coins as a young girl with a net in her hair and fish around her head.

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