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[kloh-thoh] /ˈkloʊ θoʊ/
noun, Classical Mythology.
the Fate who spins the thread of life.
Origin of Clotho
< Latin < Greek Klōthṓ literally, Spinner, equivalent to klṓth(ein) to spin + suffix used in feminine names Unabridged
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  • Clotho draws the thread, Lachesis turns the wheel, and Atropos cuts the string asunder when spun to a due length.

  • Lachesis announced the past, Clotho the present, and Atropos the future.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • A Clotho spider had built itself a nest there, from which it emerged to hunt the unwary.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • Charles made his adieux to Clotho and Lachesis, and departed at the other end of the room.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
  • But next day, when they played in the garden, Huberta said, 'Thy father is an old tyrant to forbid thee the use of Clotho's gift.

    The Little Colonel at Boarding-School Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Clotho spun the thread of life, Lachesis held it, and Atropos cut it.

    Palamon and Arcite John Dryden
  • Clotho would look like this, if Clotho would munch instead of spin.

  • Clotho has on a variegated robe, and on her head a crown of seven stars.

  • Clotho spins, Lachesis apportions, and Atropos cuts, the thread of life.

  • The Clotho seems to know similar moments and to make the most of them.

    The Life of the Spider J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for Clotho


(Greek myth) one of the three Fates, spinner of the thread of life
Word Origin
Latin, from Greek Klōtho, one who spins, from klōthein to spin
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Word Origin and History for Clotho

one of the three Fates, from Latin Clotho, from Greek Klotho, literally "the spinner," from klothein "to spin." The three Fates together sometimes were called Klothes "the spinners."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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