1. Greek Mythology A Phoenician princess abducted to Crete by Zeus, who had assumed the form of a white bull, and by him the mother of Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Sarpedon.
2. One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter. It was originally sighted by Galileo.
[Latin Eurōpa, from Greek Eurōpē.]
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