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Atalanta

[at-l-an-tuh] /ˌæt lˈæn tə/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a virgin huntress who promised to marry the man who could win a foot race against her but lost to Hippomenes when she stopped to retrieve three golden apples of Aphrodite that he dropped in her path.
Also, Atalante
[at-l-an-tee] /ˌæt lˈæn ti/ (Show IPA)
.
Compare Melanion.
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  • But when Atalanta stood ready for the contest, he was amazed by her beauty.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • When Atalanta was born, her father heard of her birth with anger.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Atalanta, daughter of the king of Arcadia, returned sad at heart to her own land.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • And, yet again, Atalanta stooped to pick up the apple of gold.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • And it wasn't named for Atalanta at all, was it, Hildegarde?

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • The little coxswain of the Atalanta was the last to step on board.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • As he turned he got a glimpse of the stroke oar of the Atalanta.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • No matter, the old Atalanta story was paid off, at any rate.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Mr. Osborne's telescope made it out something like "Atalanta."

British Dictionary definitions for Atalanta

Atalanta

/ˌætəˈlæntə/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a maiden who agreed to marry any man who could defeat her in a running race. She lost to Hippomenes when she paused to pick up three golden apples that he had deliberately dropped
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Word Origin and History for Atalanta

in Greek mythology the daughter of king Schoeneus, famous for her swiftness, Latin, from Greek Atalante, fem. of atalantos "having the same value (as a man)," from a- "one, together" + talanton "balance, weight, value" (cf. talent).

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