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[at-l-an-tuh] /ˌæt lˈæn tə/
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, Atalante
[at-l-an-tee] /ˌæt lˈæn ti/ (Show IPA)
Compare Melanion. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What else it was to him,—what the spirits of Atalanta and Matilda could bestow on him, depended on what he was himself.

    Val d'Arno John Ruskin
  • The little coxswain of the Atalanta was the last to step on board.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • And it wasn't named for Atalanta at all, was it, Hildegarde?

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • As he turned he got a glimpse of the stroke oar of the Atalanta.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • That goddess gave him three golden apples, one of which he dropped whenever Atalanta caught up to him in the race.

  • No matter, the old Atalanta story was paid off, at any rate.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • At length they came to a broad track that crossed the path they were in, and Atalanta stopped short and pointed to the right.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • When Atalanta was born, her father heard of her birth with anger.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • But then Atalanta is not a sound incarnation of any ‘social or economic principle’—is she?

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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