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Arachne

[uh-rak-nee] /əˈræk ni/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
a Lydian woman who challenged Athena to a weaving contest and was changed into a spider for her presumption.
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  • The model so long sought in vain he had found in Ledscha, who in so many respects resembled Arachne.

    Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers
  • In all Lydia there was none who could weave as wove the beautiful Arachne.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • And Arachne, shamed to the dust, knew that life for her was no longer worth possessing.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Arachne, humiliated by the blow, and unable to avenge it, hanged herself in despair.

    Quilts Marie D. Webster
  • Arachne proudly said that she had never been taught to weave.

  • The weaving of Arachne's web is pictured with especial power.

  • But Arachne still thought she could excel the goddess in weaving, and, as Minerva said no more, the contest began.

  • His aim was now to awaken the same feeling in the beholders of his Arachne.

    Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Furiously, too, with her shuttle of boxwood she smote Arachne.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • The success of the Arachne depended upon Ledscha, and on her alone.

    Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for Arachne

Arachne

/əˈræknɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a maiden changed into a spider for having presumptuously challenged Athena to a weaving contest
Word Origin
from Greek arakhnē spider
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