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[del-fahy] /ˈdɛl faɪ/
an ancient city in central Greece, in Phocis: site of an oracle of Apollo. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This Delphi was supposed to be the very midmost spot of the whole world.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Ctesippus said: Quite so, Euthydemus, that is to say, if he who drinks is as big as the statue of Delphi.

    Euthydemus Plato
  • For I shall adduce to you the god at Delphi as a witness of my wisdom, if I have any, and of what it is.

  • "The oracle of Delphi was not more impudently worked," he said.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • After this Agis came to Delphi and offered as a sacrifice a tenth of the spoil.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • So he traveled to Delphi and questioned the oracle as to what he should do.

  • At such moments it was as though the oracle of Delphi spoke.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

    Caroline Lockhart
  • He executed a series of paintings at Delphi on the long walls of the Lesche.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for Delphi


an ancient Greek city on the S slopes of Mount Parnassus: site of the most famous oracle of Apollo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Delphi

oracle town on slopes of Mount Parnassus, from Greek delphis "dolphin" (see dolphin). Supposedly Apollo assumed this form to found the shrine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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