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talaria

[tuh-lair-ee-uh] /təˈlɛər i ə/
plural noun, Classical Mythology.
1.
the wings or winged sandals on the feet of Hermes, or Mercury.
Origin of talaria
< Latin tālāria, noun use of neuter plural of tālāris attached to the ankles, equivalent to tāl(us) ankle + āris -ar1
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  • Of motion is often born inspiration—Hermes, god of oratory, is represented with petasus and talaria—and I am enjoying motion.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • talaria, wings attached to the ankles or sandals of Mercury as the messenger of the gods.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • As messenger of the gods he wears the Petasus and talaria, and bears in his hand the Caduceus or herald's staff.

  • But the longer we plod on this earth, the deeper we stick into it; as must be when the foot grows heavy, having no talaria.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for talaria

talaria

/təˈlɛərɪə/
plural noun
1.
(Greek myth) winged sandals, such as those worn by Hermes
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from tālāris belonging to the ankle, from tālus ankle
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