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Hippomenes(hĭpŏm`ĭnēz): see AtalantaAtalanta
, in Greek mythology, huntress famous for her speed and skill. She took part in the Calydonian hunt and was rewarded by Meleager with the pelt of the boar. Later, warned by an oracle not to marry, she demanded that each suitor run a race with her, on the condition that
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beat the swift Atalanta in a race by distracting her with golden apples. [Gk. Myth.: Bulfinch]
outraced Atalanta by tossing golden apples to distract her. [Gk. Myth.: Bulfinch]
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