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noun Classical Mythology.
  1. the Fate who determines the length of the thread of life.
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Origin of Lachesis

< Latin < Greek, personification of láchesis destiny, equivalent to lache(în) to happen or obtain by lot + -sis -sis
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Examples from the Web for lachesis

Historical Examples

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

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Here we are told by our law of cure, that the sphere of Lachesis commences.

    Apis Mellifica

    C. W. Wolf

  • The 'Lachesis' didn't have a mark on her and all we had was a few possible hits.

    A Question of Courage

    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • You say the 'Lachesis' and they say 'Oh, yes, the cruise ship.'

    A Question of Courage

    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for lachesis


  1. Greek myth one of the three Fates
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Word Origin

via Latin from Greek, from lakhesis destiny, from lakhein to befall by lot
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