noun Classical Mythology.

a Lydian woman who challenged Athena to a weaving contest and was changed into a spider for her presumption. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arachne

Historical Examples of arachne

  • In all Lydia there was none who could weave as wove the beautiful Arachne.

  • Not for one moment did she delay, but took her place by the side of Arachne.

  • Furiously, too, with her shuttle of boxwood she smote Arachne.

  • Arachne, humiliated by the blow, and unable to avenge it, hanged herself in despair.


    Marie D. Webster

  • The weaving of Arachne's web is pictured with especial power.

British Dictionary definitions for arachne



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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