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(676) Melitta

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Discovered 1909 Jan. 16 by P. J. Melotte at Greenwich.

Melitta is the Attic form of the Greek Melissa, daughter of the Cretan king Melissus and sister of Amalthea {see planet  (113)}. She was changed into a bee. At the same time the name is a play upon words for its resemblance to the discoverer’s name. (H 69)

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