WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
At•a•lan•ta  (at′l antə),USA pronunciation n. 
    [Class Myth.]a virgin huntress who promised to marry the man who could win a foot race against her but lost to Hippomenes when she stopped to retrieve three golden apples of Aphrodite that he dropped in her path. Also,  At•a•lan•te  (at′l antē).USA pronunciation Cf.  Melanion. 

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Atalanta /ˌætəˈlæntə/ n
  1. a maiden who agreed to marry any man who could defeat her in a running race. She lost to Hippomenes when she paused to pick up three golden apples that he had deliberately dropped



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