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  1. Arachnenoun

    A woman famous for her skill at weaving. She was changed into a spider by the goddess Athena.

    Etymology: From Arachne, from ἀράχνη.

  2. Arachnenoun

    A web browser.

    Etymology: From Arachne, from ἀράχνη.


  1. Arachne

    In Greco-Roman mythology, Arachne was a great mortal weaver who boasted that her skill was greater than that of Athena, goddess of wisdom, weaving, and strategy. Arachne refused to acknowledge that her knowledge came, in part at least, from the goddess. Offended by Arachne's arrogance, Athena set a contest between the two weavers. According to Ovid, the goddess was so envious of the magnificent tapestry and the mortal weaver's success, and perhaps offended by the girl's choice of subjects, that she destroyed the tapestry and loom and slashed the girl's face. “Not even Pallas nor blue-fevered Envy \ Could damn Arachne's work. \ The goddess raged at the girl's success, struck through her loom, tore down the scenes of wayward joys in heaven.″ Ultimately, the goddess turned Arachne into a spider. Arachne simply means "spider" in Greek. In another version of the myth, Arachne lost the weaving contest. She then hanged herself out of embarrassment. Later on, Athena finds Arachne's body and takes pity on her, before resurrecting her as a spider. Both these legends explain why spiders can weave webs.


  1. Arachne

    (Arach′ne), a Lydian princess, who challenged Minerva to a spinning contest, but Minerva struck her on the head with a spindle, and turned her into a spider.

    “... So her disemboweled web, Arachne, in a hall or kitchen spreads. Obvious to vagrant flies.” (John Phillips.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arachne in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arachne in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
    • A. secession
    • B. sheath
    • C. arborolatry
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