Atalanta

[ at-l-an-tuh ]
/ ˌæt lˈæn tə /
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noun

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 At·a·lan·te [at-l-an-tee] /ˌæt lˈæn ti/.

Compare Melanion.

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Atalanta

/ (ˌætəˈlæntə) /

noun

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

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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