E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Melissa (in Orlando Furioso).
The prophetess who lived in Merlins cave. Bradamant gave her the enchanted ring to take to Rogero; so, assuming the form of Atlants, she went to Alcinas island, and not only delivered Rogero, but disenchanted all the forms metamorphosed in the island. In book xix. she assumes the form of Rodomont, and persuades Agramant to break the league which was to settle the contest by single combat. A general battle ensues.