Lydian stone
Lydian Lyd"i*an, a. [L. Lydius, fr. Lydia, Gr. ?.] Of or pertaining to Lydia, a country of Asia Minor, or to its inhabitants; hence, soft; effeminate; -- said especially of one of the ancient Greek modes or keys, the music in which was of a soft, pathetic, or voluptuous character. [1913 Webster]

Softly sweet in Lydian measures, Soon he soothed his soul to pleasures. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Lydian stone}, a flint slate used by the ancients to try gold and silver; a touchstone. See {Basanite}. [1913 Webster]


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