from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology One of the three Fates, the cutter of the thread of destiny.
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- proper n. One of the three Fates, or Moirae, daughter of Zeus and Themis; the cutter of the thread of life
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of neuropterous insects, of the family Psocidæ: synonymous with Troctes.
- n. A genus of venomous serpents.
- n. A genus of lepidopterous insects.
- n. [lowercase] A neuropterous insect of the genus Atropos.
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- n. the Greek goddess of fate who cuts the thread of life
Like the time -- the 'Atropos' came in just after we touched down.
Hornblower and the Hotspur, and Hornblower and the Atropos.
Ares is coming… Keres too… for if Nemesis is here, then the Moerae are too or the Morrigan if your irish, of the sisters if your a fan of “that play”… Clothos laughed, as Lachesis wove, and will Nemisis keep the play going from Atropos?
Good luck to you, Joe, thinks I, if ever Atropos kicks the bucket unexpected and you become the widow's property.
"I doubt if Mistuh Comber is im-pressed by the rhetoric of the camp-meetin ', Clotho," says Atropos.
They hadn't been idle days, exactly, and Crixus, Atropos, and Mandeville had seen to it that my nights weren't tranquil either, so it was small wonder I was tuckered out - I had sense enough, though, before we reached Boston, to tie the Tranter to my knee beneath the trouser, in case the watchful Joe decided to search me as I slept.
The others let out gasps and excla - mations - Annette gave a shrill didn't-I-tell-you-so laugh - but Atropos just drew on his cigarette and asked: "Why should we pay you when we can compel you?"
It was plain from her account that loathing of Atropos was the ruling passion of her life, and knowing her cold and selfish nature, I found that odd.
"You think right, suh, an 'I daresay you are familiar with the classical names we three have adopted, bein' those of the Parcae - Lachesis, Clotho, an 'myself, Atropos - tho' I hope to convince you that those of the Eumenides would have been more fittin '."
I told him, and Clotho gave a muffled grunt, while Atropos let smoke trickle slowly out of his nostrils, and nodded over my head to Joe.