Parnassus Par*nas"sus, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?.] (Anc. Geog. & Gr. Myth.) A mountain in Greece, sacred to Apollo and the Muses, and famous for a temple of Apollo and for the Castalian spring. [1913 Webster]

{Grass of Parnassus}. (Bot.) See under {Grass}, and {Parnassia}.

{To climb Parnassus}, to write poetry. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Parnassus — • Titular see in Cappadocia Secunda, suffragan of Mocessus. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Parnassus     Parnassus     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Parnassus — mountain in Greece, symbolic of poetry, late 14c., from Gk. Parnassos, mountain in central Greece, sacred to Apollo and the Muses …   Etymology dictionary

  • Parnassus — Parnassus1 [pär nas′əs] n. [after PARNASSUS2 Mount] 1. poetry or poets collectively 2. any center of poetic or artistic activity Parnassus2 [pär nas′əs] Mount [L < Gr Parnasos] mountain in central Greece, near the Gulf of Corinth: 8,061 ft… …   English World dictionary

  • PARNASSUS — I. PARNASSUS mons Phocidis, ubi plurima et laudatissima Laurus, hodie Liacura, Sophian. Apollini et Musis facer, 2. vertices habens, quorum unum Tithorea vocari, alterum Hyampeum, anthor est Herodotus. Cithaeron autem et Helicon, quos Servius… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Parnassus — /pahr nas euhs/, n. 1. Mount. Modern, Liakoura. a mountain in central Greece, N of the Gulf of Corinth and near Delphi. ab. 8000 ft. (2440 m). 2. a collection of poems or of elegant literature. 3. the world of poetry or poets collectively: a… …   Universalium

  • Parnassus — noun (Greek mythology) a mountain in central Greece where (according to Greek mythology) the Muses lived; known as the mythological home of music and poetry Liakoura is the modern name of Mount Parnassus • Syn: ↑Mount Parnassus, ↑Liakoura •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Parnassus — or Modern Greek Parnassós geographical name mountain 8061 feet (2457 meters) central Greece N of Gulf of Corinth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Parnassus — noun a) Name of a mountain in central Greece; according to Greek mythology, this mountain was sacred to Apollo and the Corycian nymphs, and was the home of the Muses. b) Home of poetry, literature, and learning …   Wiktionary

  • Parnassus — Par|nạs|sos, Par|nạs|sus, der; : Parnass. * * * Par|nạs|sos, Par|nạs|sus, der; : Parnass …   Universal-Lexikon

  • PARNASSUS —    a mountain in Phocis, 10 m. N. of the Gulf of Corinth, 8000 ft. high, one of the chief seats of Apollo and the Muses, and an inspiring source of poetry and song, with the oracle of Delphi and the Castalian spring on its slopes; it was… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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