in Classic mythology One of the Three Fates. She presided over
birth, and drew from her distaff the thread of life, Atropos presided
over death and cut the thread of life, and Lachesis spun the fate of
life between birth and death. (Greek, klótho, to draw thread
from a distaff.)
“A France slashed asunder with Clotho-scissors and civil war” —Carlyle. (This is an erroneous allusion It was Atropos who cut the
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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