American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology The daughter of Tantalus who, after boasting that she had more children than Leto, suffered the killing of her own children by Artemis and Apollo, and turned to stone while bewailing their loss.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Gr. mythology, the daughter of Tantalus, married to Amphion, king of Thebes. Proud of her numerous progeny, she provoked the anger of Apollo and Artemis (Diana), by boasting over their mother Leto (Latona), who had but those two children. She was punished by seeing all her children die by the arrows of the two light-deities. She herself was metamorphosed by Zeus (Jupiter) into a stone which it is still sought to identify on the slope of Mount Sipylus, near Smyrna. This legend has afforded a fruitful subject for art, and was notably represented in a group attributed to Scopas, now best known from copies in the Uffizi at Florence.
- n. In zoology:
- n. A genus of trilobites.
- n. A genus of mollusks.
- n. A genus of African weaver-birds of the subfamily Viduinæ. N. ardens and N. concolor are examples.
- n. In botany, a genus of monocotyledonous plants belonging to the family Liliaceæ. See Funkia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Class. Myth.) The daughter of Tantalus, and wife of Amphion, king of Thebes. Her pride in her children provoked Apollo and Diana, who slew them all. Niobe herself was changed by the gods into stone.
- n. (Greek mythology) the daughter of Tantalus whose boasting about her children provoked Apollo and Artemis to slay them all; Niobe was turned to stone while bewailing her loss
“a mutilated statue they call a Niobe (God knows why), with drapery blown back by the wind and appearing quite transparent.”
“Phil called her Niobe, and declared that if she didn't look out, she'd float away on her tears; Fee threatened to put her in a picture, just as she looked; I coaxed and promised her one or two of my things, and Nora scolded: nothing had any effect, Kathie just wept straight on.”
“Scopas was his contemporary, and was the author of the celebrated group of Niobe, which is one of the chief ornaments of the gallery of sculpture at Florence.”
“In the same room with the Niobe is a head which struck me more -- the”
“ A parody of a passage in the lost tragedy of 'Niobe' of Aeschylus.”
“Is Aeagrus  accused, he is not acquitted before he has recited a passage from 'Niobe'  and he chooses the finest.”
“He could not wield the painter's brush, but the great sculptor had yet power to depict the grief of a "Niobe," the agony of the "Laocoön," or the majesty of a "Moses.”
“ The "Niobe," which exists only in a few fragments.”
“Shall we have the "Niobe" on the Atlantic and the "Rainbow" on the Pacific, and then, if war breaks out, ask New Zealand to take care of our fleet.”
“Maugham could hardly have bettered his study of an impulsive and exigent woman, rising at the outset to the height of a bold and womanly choice in defiance of social prejudice and family tradition, and then relapsing under the disillusions of marriage into the weakest failings of her class, rising again, from a self-torturing neurotic into a kind of Niobe at the death of her baby.”
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