1. Also called Pallas Athena. Classical Mythology. Athena(def 1).
  2. Astronomy. the second largest and one of the four brightest asteroids.


  1. astronomy the second largest asteroid (diameter 520 km), revolving around the sun in a period of 4.62 years

Greek goddess’ name, literally “little maiden,” related to pallake “concubine,” and probably somehow connected to Avestan pairika “beautiful women seducing pious men.”

  1. The second largest asteroid, measuring about 570 km (353 mi) at its greatest diameter, and the second to be discovered, in 1802. See more at asteroid.

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