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[nahy-oh-bee] /ˈnaɪ oʊˌbi/
noun, Classical Mythology
the daughter of Tantalus and wife of Amphion of Thebes. She provoked Apollo and Artemis to vengeance by taunting their mother, Leto, with the number and beauty of her own children; Niobe's children were slain and Zeus turned her into stone, in which state she continued to weep over her loss.
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Niobean, adjective Unabridged
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(Greek myth) a daughter of Tantalus, whose children were slain after she boasted of them: although turned into stone, she continued to weep
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Niobean (naɪˈəʊbɪən) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Niobe
1580s, from Gk. Niobe, daughter of Tantalus, who was changed into stone while weeping for her children (slain, after she boasted of them too much, by Artemis and Apollo); hence the name is used figuratively for bereavement and woe.
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