noun Classical Mythology.

the Fate who spins the thread of life.

Origin of Clotho

< Latin < Greek Klōthṓ literally, Spinner, equivalent to klṓth(ein) to spin + suffix used in feminine names Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clotho

Historical Examples of clotho

  • Lachesis announced the past, Clotho the present, and Atropos the future.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Not that I didn't expect it, but the "Lachesis" was worse than the "Clotho" had ever been.

    A Question of Courage

    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • Charles made his adieux to Clotho and Lachesis, and departed at the other end of the room.


    Henry Kingsley

  • Clotho spun the thread of life, Lachesis held it, and Atropos cut it.

  • Clotho has on a variegated robe, and on her head a crown of seven stars.

British Dictionary definitions for clotho



Greek myth one of the three Fates, spinner of the thread of life

Word Origin for Clotho

Latin, from Greek Klōtho, one who spins, from klōthein to spin
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Word Origin and History for clotho


one of the three Fates, from Latin Clotho, from Greek Klotho, literally "the spinner," from klothein "to spin." The three Fates together sometimes were called Klothes "the spinners."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper