Gr. Myth. a beautiful, swift-footed maiden who offers to marry any man able to defeat her in a race: Hippomenes wins by dropping three golden apples, which she stops to pick up, along the way
Origin of AtalantaClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek Atalant?
A hunter who agreed to marry any man who could defeat her in a footrace. She was outrun by Hippomenes, who won by dropping along the course three golden apples, which she paused to pick up.
- (Greek mythology) daughter of king Schoeneus and Clymene, famous for her masculine speed and strength.
From Ancient Greek Αταλάντη (Atalantē, “balanced”), from ἀ- (a, “used to express unity”) + τάλαντον (talanton, “balanced”).