from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A hunter who agreed to marry any man who could defeat her in a footrace. She was outrun by Hippomenes, who won by dropping along the course three golden apples, which she paused to pick up.
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- proper n. daughter of king Schoeneus and Clymene, famous for her masculine speed and strength.
From Ancient Greek Αταλάντη (Atalantē, "balanced"), from ἀ- (a, "used to express unity") + τάλαντον (talanton, "balanced"). (Wiktionary)