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[pal-uh s] /ˈpæl əs/
Also called Pallas Athena. Classical Mythology, Athena (def 1).
Astronomy. the second largest and one of the four brightest asteroids. Unabridged
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  • Down sent by Juno, to whom both alike Were dear, and who alike watched over both,245 Pallas descended.

  • Is it a wonder that Pallas, taking the human shape of Mentor, comes and speaks to him?

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Our consort, the Countess Scarborough, had struck to the enemy's ship Pallas.

  • Pallas also comes to the aid of her favorite, but in an indirect manner.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • And now tidings came to neas that it fared ill with his men, and that Pallas was slain.

    Stories of the Old world Alfred John Church
  • It is well at this point to observe Homer's procedure in regard to Pallas.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
British Dictionary definitions for Pallas


(astronomy) the second largest asteroid (diameter 520 km), revolving around the sun in a period of 4.62 years
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Pallas

Greek goddess' name, literally "little maiden," related to pallake "concubine," and probably somehow connected to Avestan pairika "beautiful women seducing pious men."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Pallas in Science
The second largest asteroid, measuring about 570 km (353 mi) at its greatest diameter, and the second to be discovered, in 1802. See more at asteroid.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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