Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Winged sandals such as those worn by Hermes and Iris as represented in Greco-Roman painting and sculpture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The winged sandals worn by Hermes / Mercury

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. Small wings or winged shoes represented as fastened to the ankles, -- chiefly used as an attribute of Mercury.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In classical mythology and archaeology, the sandals, bearing small wings, worn characteristically by Hermes or Mercury and often by Iris and Heos (Dawn), and by other divinities, as Eros and the Furies and Harpies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a winged sandal (as worn by Hermes in Graeco-Roman art)

Etymologies

Latin tālāria, from neuter pl. of tālāris, of the ankles, from tālus, ankle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin talare (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But they are most admirable talaria, ankle-winglets enabling him to skim and scud, to direct his flight this way and that, to hover as well as to tower, even to run at need as well as to fly.

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory (Periods of European Literature, vol. II)

  • The Bithynian coins generally give youthful portraits of Antinous upon the obverse, with the title of 'Herôs' or 'Theos;' while the reverse is stamped with a pastoral figure, sometimes bearing the talaria, sometimes accompanied by a feeding ox or a boar or a star.

    Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete Series I, II, and III

  • With his horizon all his own, yet he a poor man, born to be poor, with his inherited Irish poverty or poor life, his Adam's grandmother and boggy ways, not to rise in this world, he nor his posterity, till their wading webbed bog-trotting feet get talaria to their heels.

    Walden~ Chapter 10 (historical)

  • These would have even Hermes trading in his talaria, for a new pair of these golden b-ball style sneaks.

    RVA Magazine Articles

  • With his horizon all his own, yet he a poor man, born to be poor, with his inherited Irish poverty or poor life, his Adam’s grandmother and boggy ways, not to rise in this world, he nor his posterity, till their wading webbed bog-trotting feet get talaria to their heels.

    Walden

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  • Wow! Just one letter different from a group of diseases caused by protozoans of the genus Plasmodium (phylum Apicomplexa), which are transmitted by mosquitoes. What a difference one letter makes.

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    February 23, 2007

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    February 23, 2007

  • talariaMercury's winged nikes??

    January 17, 2007