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