from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology One of the three Fates, the measurer of the thread of destiny.
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- proper n. One of the three Fates, or Moirae, daughter of Zeus and Themis; the measurer of the each thread of life.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. In zoöl.:
- n. 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.
- n. Agenus of spiders nowcalled Laches.
- n. A genus of gastropods of the family Pleurotomidæ, of buccinoid figure with mammillated spire, as L. minima. Risso, 1826
- n. A genus of pseudoneuropterous insects of the family Psocidæ
- n. 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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- n. the Greek goddess of fate who determines the length of the thread of life
In the Lachesis, which is so closely allied to the Rattle-snake that it was placed by Linnæus in the same genus, the tail ends in a single, large, lancet-shaped point or scale.
You say the 'Lachesis' and they say 'Oh, yes, the cruise ship.'
The "Lachesis" shuddered to the recoil from the port turrets.
Not that I didn't expect it, but the "Lachesis" was worse than the "Clotho" had ever been.
The shock slammed us out of control and we went tumbling in crazy gyrations across space for several minutes before I could flip the "Lachesis" into Cth, check the speed and motion, and get back into threespace.
"Lachesis" quivered as the port turrets belched flame.
Initial station 'Lachesis' coordinates X 06042 Y 1327 Betelgeuse-Rigel baseline.
The 'Lachesis' didn't have a mark on her and all we had was a few possible hits.
Nice enough guys, but all wearing that cowed, frustrated look that seemed to be a "Lachesis" trademark.
Opening at page 310, vol. i, I lit upon "Lachesis," which proved to my amazement to be snake-venom.