- the female attendants of Bacchus.
- the priestesses of Bacchus.
- the women who took part in the Bacchanalia.
Origin of Bacchae
< Latin < Greek Bákkhai, plural of Bákkhē maenad
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Examples from the Web for bacchae
The Agamemnon, the Oedipus, the Bacchae are not to be explained wholly by them.The Legacy of Greece
The story ends with the representation of the “Bacchae,” in Parthia.
The head of Pentheus is carried by one of the Bacchae in that drama.
There never was a great play so steeped in tradition as the Bacchae.
We should probably have a result something like the Bacchae.
- the priestesses or female devotees of Bacchus
Latin, from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhē priestess of Bacchus
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Word Origin and History for bacchae
"female attendants of Bacchus," from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhe, from Bakkhos (see Bacchus).
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