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Arachne

Line breaks: Ar¦achne
Pronunciation: /əˈrakni
 
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Greek Mythology

Definition of Arachne in English:

A woman of Colophon in Lydia, a skilful weaver who challenged Athene to a contest. Athene destroyed Arachne’s work and Arachne tried to hang herself, but Athene changed her into a spider.

Origin

from Greek arakhnē 'spider'.

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