Atropos

Atropos

[a-truh-pos]
noun Classical Mythology.
the Fate who cuts the thread of life.

Origin:
< Greek: literally, not turning, hence, inflexible. See a-6, -trope

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Atropos (ˈætrəˌpɒs)
 
n
Greek myth the one of the three Fates who severs the thread of life
 
[Greek, from atropos that may not be turned, from a-1 + -tropos from trepein to turn]

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Atropos
one of the Fates (the one who holds the shears and determines the manner of a person's death and cuts the thread), from Gk., "inflexible," lit. "not to be turned away," from a- "not" + stem of trepein "to turn" (see trope). Related form Atropa was the Gk. name for deadly nightshade.
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