Pythian
Pythian Pyth"i*an, a. [L. Pythius, Gr. ? belonging to Pytho, the older name of Delphi and its environs: cf. F. pythien.] Of or pertaining to Delphi, to the temple of Apollo, or to the priestess of Apollo, who delivered oracles at Delphi. [1913 Webster]

{Pythian games} (Gr. Antiq.), one of the four great national festivals of ancient Greece, celebrated near Delphi, in honor of Apollo, the conqueror of the dragon Python, at first once in eight years, afterward once in four. [1913 Webster]


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  • Pythian — [pith′ē ən] adj. [< L Pythius < Gr Pythios, of Pythō, older name for DELPHI and its environs] 1. of Apollo as patron of Delphi and the oracle located there 2. designating or of the games held at Delphi every four years by the ancient Greeks …   English World dictionary

  • Pythian — /pith ee euhn/, adj. 1. Also, Pythic. 2. of or pertaining to Delphi, in ancient Greece. 3. of or pertaining to Apollo, with reference to his oracle at Delphi. n. 4. a Pythian priestess. [1590 1600; < L Pythi(us) ( < Gk Pýthios of Delphi and the… …   Universalium

  • Pythian — /ˈpɪθiən/ (say pitheeuhn) adjective Also, Pythic. 1. of or relating to Delphi in ancient Greece. 2. of or relating to Apollo, with reference to his oracle at Delphi. –noun 3. a Pythian priestess. {Latin Pȳthius (Greek Pȳthios of Delphi) + an} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pythian — I. adjective Etymology: Latin pythius of Delphi, from Greek pythios, from Pythō Pytho, name for Delphi, Greece Date: 1603 1. of or relating to games celebrated at Delphi every four years 2. of or relating to Delphi or its oracle of Apollo II.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pythian — adjective a native or inhabitant of Delphi …   Wiktionary

  • Pythian — [ pɪθɪən] adjective relating to Delphi in Greece, or to its ancient oracle of Apollo. Origin from Puthō, a former name of Delphi …   English new terms dictionary

  • pythian — pyth·i·an …   English syllables

  • Pythian — Pyth•i•an [[t]ˈpɪθ i ən[/t]] adj. 1) Also, Pyth′ic. of or pertaining to Delphi, in ancient Greece 2) myt of or pertaining to Apollo, with reference to his oracle at Delphi • Etymology: 1590–1600; < L Pȳthi(us) (< Gk Pythios, adj. der.… …   From formal English to slang

  • pythian — adj. of or relating to Delphi (in central Greece) or its ancient oracle of Apollo. Etymology: L Pythius f. Gk Puthios f. Putho, an older name of Delphi …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pythian Castle — can refer to:United StatesOn the National Register of Historic Places by state: * Pythian Castle (Arcata, California) * Pythian Castle (Toledo, Ohio) * Pythian Castle (Portsmouth, Virginia)Others: * Pythian Castle (Springfield, Missouri) …   Wikipedia

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