Ni·​o·​be ˈnī-ə-bē How to pronounce Niobe (audio)
: a daughter of Tantalus and wife of Amphion who while weeping for her slain children is turned into a stone from which her tears continue to flow

Word History


Latin, from Greek Niobē

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Niobe was in the 14th century

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“Niobe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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