American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology One of a Thessalian tribe who at the disastrous wedding of their king defeated the drunken centaurs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the Lapithæ.
- n. one of a semi-legendary, semi-historical race of Thessaly
“Lucian brings in Aetamacles, a philosopher in his Lapith. convivio, much discontented that he was not invited amongst the rest, expostulating the matter, in a long epistle, with Aristenetus their host.”
“Bacchiadai wished to marry her, was taken to wife by Aëtion the son of Echecrates, who was of the deme of Petra, but by original descent a Lapith and of the race of Caineus.”
“She liked the great Thessalian horses, which she had only known by hearsay, and was soon as bold on them as a Lapith boy; but up in the high hills we used the little Kentaur ponies with eyes in their feet, such as she had known at home.”
“I thought of his Lapith band, and wondered what folk were like who seemed wild to these.”
“It is a Lapith custom for the bride to make a progress with her train among the guests, who throw flowers and blessings, before the men's dancing that ends with carrying her away.”
“But the Lapith kings have married often into Hellene houses; they know the right names of the gods, and the famous battle-lays, and the rules of war.”
“That is an up-country name for the Moon Mistress; there was a good deal of Lapith in him, as well as Hellene.”
“Half a month we stayed where the forest thins and the high woods are open, in a Lapith house of logs with a painted doorway.”
“His was Lapith work, and very good, not what you would expect from looking at Lapiths; the hilt was covered with fine gold grains, and the blade had running horses done in silver.”
“Pirithoos had found himself just the right girl: some great lord's daughter, and a Lapith of the Lapiths, one who like her mother before her would put up with a roving man.”
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