(class. myth., person, proper) That one of the three Fates who determines the length of the thread of life.
Origin of lachesis
Latin from Greek Lakhesisfromlankhaneinlakh-to obtain by lot
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Ancient Greek Λάχεσις (Lakhesis)
Lachesis Sentence Examples
The ophidians are also numerous, especially in the wooded lowlands valleys, and the poisonous species, though less numerous than others, include some of the most dangerous known - the rattlesnake surucucd (Lachesis rhombeatus), and jarardca (Bothrops).
Hesiod has three Fates (Moipac), daughters of Night, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos.
The Reptilia include II species of the crocodile, alligator and lizard, including the savage jacare of the Amazon, several species of turtle, 4 species of batrachians, and 29 species of serpents, including the striped rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus), Lachesis mutus, and a rather rare species of Cophias.
The ophidians are also very numerous, ranging from the comparatively harmless boa-constrictor to the deadly " palanca " or " fer de lance " (Lachesis lanceolatus) and rattlesnake (Crotalus), of which there are several species.
Atropos is most frequently represented with scales, a sun-dial or a cutting instrument, the "abhorred shears," with which she slits the thin-spun thread of life that has been placed on the spindle by Clotho and drawn off by Lachesis.