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[tuh-lair-ee-uh] /təˈlɛər i ə/
plural noun, Classical Mythology.
the wings or winged sandals on the feet of Hermes, or Mercury.
Origin of talaria
< Latin tālāria, noun use of neuter plural of tālāris attached to the ankles, equivalent to tāl(us) ankle + āris -ar1 Unabridged
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  • talaria, wings attached to the ankles or sandals of Mercury as the messenger of the gods.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • As messenger of the gods he wears the Petasus and talaria, and bears in his hand the Caduceus or herald's staff.

  • Of motion is often born inspiration—Hermes, god of oratory, is represented with petasus and talaria—and I am enjoying motion.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • But the longer we plod on this earth, the deeper we stick into it; as must be when the foot grows heavy, having no talaria.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for talaria


plural noun
(Greek myth) winged sandals, such as those worn by Hermes
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from tālāris belonging to the ankle, from tālus ankle
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