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Arachne

[ uh-rak-nee ]
/ əˈræk ni /
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noun Classical Mythology.

a Lydian woman who challenged Athena to a weaving contest and was changed into a spider for her presumption.
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Arachne

/ (əˈræknɪ) /

noun

Greek myth a maiden changed into a spider for having presumptuously challenged Athena to a weaving contest

Word Origin for Arachne

from Greek arakhnē spider
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