• WordNet 3.6
    • n Clotho the Greek goddess of fate who spins the thread of life
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Clotho In zoology: A genus of mollusks.
    • n Clotho Agenus of tubitelarian spiders, of the family Agalenidœ: a synonym of Uroctea.
    • n Clotho A genus of venomous African serpents, of the family Viperidæ. C. arietans is the puff-adder of the Cape of Good Hope, the largest and most poisonous South African species. C. nasicornis is another African species known as the river-jack. J. E. Gray, 1840.
    • n Clotho A genus of humming-birds.
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In literature:

But why drag in 'Clotho'?
"The Life of the Spider" by J. Henri Fabre
Clotho, the Past, spins; Lachesis, the Present, divides; and Atropos, the Future, stands ready with her shears to cut the thread.
"The Story of Siegfried" by James Baldwin
CLOTHO, that one of the three Fates which spins the thread of human destiny.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Destinies, Parcae (Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos).
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Where I go I know not, nor what thread Clotho is spinning.
"Sir Mortimer" by Mary Johnston
Clotho, the spinner of the thread of life, was the eldest of the three.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
Besides, if Clotho has not spun greatness into your destiny, be sure that it does not matter.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
The Fates are named Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, and are the goddesses of destiny.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Their names, amongst the Greeks, were Atropos, Clotho, and Lachesis, and among the Latins, Nona, Decima, Morta.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
One, called Clotho, carries a spindle on which is wound flax.
"The Children's Book of Celebrated Pictures" by Lorinda Munson Bryant
Among the Hebrews, as with the Greeks, Clotho is a woman.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
Methought grim Clotho and her sisters twain With shriveled fingers spun this web of bane!
"One-Act Plays" by Various
Clotho has on a variegated robe, and on her head a crown of seven stars.
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
Clotho would look like this, if Clotho would munch instead of spin.
"The Further Adventures of O'Neill in Holland" by J. Irwin Brown
Methought grim Clotho and her sisters twain With shriveled fingers spun this web of bane!
"Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Various
It is a black strand that puts trouble in the pattern, an evil thread from Clotho's ancient loom.
"Hints to Pilgrims" by Charles Stephen Brooks
I wonder why my father has never said aught to me of Clotho's gift.
"The Little Colonel at Boarding-School" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Clotho, the youngest, spun the thread of life, in which the bright and dark lines were intermingled.
"Myths of Greece and Rome" by H. A. Guerber
It would only be squandahing the golden thread that Clotho left me.
"The Little Colonel's Knight Comes Riding" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Sometimes beyond these two Fates you may see Clotho spinning her lacquered wheel, but not often.
"From the Five Rivers" by Flora Annie Steel

In poetry:

Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos!
All your gain is not my loss;
Spin your black threads if you will;
Twist them, turn, with all your skill;
Hold! there's one you cannot sever!
One bright thread shall last forever.
" Defiance" by Annie Adams Fields