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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of the three Fates, the measurer of the thread of destiny.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In classical mythology, that one of the three Fates whose duty it was to assign to each individual his destiny; the disposer of lots. She spun the thread or course of life from the distaff held by Clotho.
  • noun In zoöl.:
  • noun A genus of very venomous American serpents of the pit-viper or rattlesnake family (Crotalidæ), having a rudimentary rattle in the form of a spine. L. mutus is the deadly bushmaster of South America.
  • noun Agenus of spiders nowcalled Laches.
  • noun A genus of gastropods of the family Pleurotomidæ, of buccinoid figure with mammillated spire, as L. minima. Risso, 1826
  • noun A genus of pseudoneuropterous insects of the family Psocidæ
  • noun A genus of buprestid beetles, erected by Saunders in 1871 upon the African L. abyla, which had been placed in Œdisternon.

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  • proper noun Greek mythology One of the three Fates, or Moirae, daughter of Zeus and Themis; the measurer of the each thread of life.

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

  • noun the Greek goddess of fate who determines the length of the thread of life

Etymologies

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

[Latin, from Greek Lakhesis, from lankhanein, lakh-, to obtain by lot.]

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Meaning destiny, from the Greek lachein, (to happen by lot).

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