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Lyssa was the Greek goddess of rabies and mad rage. She was one of the Maniae (madnesses), a nurse of Eros and a daughter of Nyx, who was impregnated by the blood from the wound of the castrated Uranus. Lyssa's most famous (if not only) mythology is that she was the goddess who drove mad the dogs of the youth Actaeon to kill their master, after the hunter had glanced upon the nakedness of a bathing Artemis, and did not look away. Lyssa is commonly referred to as the Greek goddess of craziness.

Lyssa is also a fusiform structure in the top of a dogs tongue that is made of muscular, fatty and connective tissue. Thought at one time to be the cause of rabies.

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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English

Etymology

Shortened form of Alyssa.

Proper noun

Singular
Lyssa

Plural
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Lyssa

  1. A female given name
    • 2002, Karle Dickerson, Joanna Campbell, Hoofprints in the snow
      It was mornings like this when Lyssa really appreciated the indoor arena.
    • 2005, Anya Bast, Seasons of Pleasure: Summer and Autumn
      Anaisse sank down to the carpet in order to look her in her eye. She smiled. "My name is Anaisse. Where is your mother, Lyssa?"
    • 2007, Vesta F Spicer, Alyssa
      Lyssa, that's what I want to find out. Will you think about it?

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German

Noun

Lyssa f. (genitive Lyssa, no plural)

  1. rabies.

Synonyms


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