Sibyl Sib"yl, n. [L. sibylla, Gr. ????.] 1. (Class. Antiq.) A woman supposed to be endowed with a spirit of prophecy. [1913 Webster]

Note: The number of the sibyls is variously stated by different authors; but the opinion of Varro, that there were ten, is generally adopted. They dwelt in various parts of Persia, Greece, and Italy. [1913 Webster]

2. A female fortune teller; a pythoness; a prophetess. ``An old highland sibyl.'' --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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