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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • But when Atalanta stood ready for the contest, he was amazed by her beauty.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Josephine Preston Peabody

  • When Atalanta was born, her father heard of her birth with anger.

  • Atalanta, daughter of the king of Arcadia, returned sad at heart to her own land.

  • And, yet again, Atalanta stooped to pick up the apple of gold.

  • And it wasn't named for Atalanta at all, was it, Hildegarde?

    Hildegarde's Holiday

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for atalanta



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


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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