Sibylline
Sibylline Sib"yl*line, a. [L. sibyllinus.] Pertaining to the sibyls; uttered, written, or composed by sibyls; like the productions of sibyls. [1913 Webster]

{Sibylline books}. (a) (Rom. Antiq.) Books or documents of prophecies in verse concerning the fate of the Roman empire, said to have been purchased by Tarquin the Proud from a sibyl. (b) Certain Jewish and early Christian writings purporting to have been prophetic and of sibylline origin. They date from 100 b. c. to a. d. 500. [1913 Webster]


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  • sibylline — adjective see sibyl …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • sibylline — adjective /ˈsɪbɪlaɪn/ a) Of or pertaining to a sibyl or female oracle, especially the and the . b) Having oracle like predicting powers, clairvoyant …   Wiktionary

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