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Origin of talaria

< Latin tālāria, noun use of neuter plural of tālāris attached to the ankles, equivalent to tāl(us) ankle + āris -ar1
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Related Words for talaria

slipper, shoe, moccasin, clog, thong, talaria, espadrille, huarache, zori

Examples from the Web for talaria

Historical Examples of talaria

  • Of motion is often born inspiration—Hermes, god of oratory, is represented with petasus and talaria—and I am enjoying motion.

    Romantic Spain

    John Augustus O'Shea

  • Talaria, wings attached to the ankles or sandals of Mercury as the messenger of the gods.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • As messenger of the gods he wears the Petasus and Talaria, and bears in his hand the Caduceus or herald's staff.

  • But the longer we plod on this earth, the deeper we stick into it; as must be when the foot grows heavy, having no talaria.


    R. D. Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for talaria


pl n
  1. Greek myth winged sandals, such as those worn by Hermes

Word Origin for talaria

C16: from Latin, from tālāris belonging to the ankle, from tālus ankle
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