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Parian

[pair-ee-uh n, par-] /ˈpɛər i ən, ˈpær-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Paros, noted for its white marble.
2.
noting or pertaining to a fine, unglazed porcelain resembling this marble.
3.
of, relating to, or resembling a native or inhabitant of Paros.
noun
4.
a native or inhabitant of Paros.
Origin of Parian
1630-1640
1630-40; < Latin Pari(us) of Paros + -an
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  • And her complexion was fairer than Parian marble, than the heads of angels.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • This was called the Parian, which is the Mexican word for market-place.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • She proved to be a priestess, from one of the Parian temples.

    Darius the Great Jacob Abbott
  • She was motionless as a Parian statue, she hardly seemed to breathe.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • The capitals and bases of the columns, and on the entablature, are of Parian marble.

  • I saw at Mr. Chester's a head of Paris; an antique of Parian marble.

  • The Parian cup in Mabel's hand shook like a lily in the wind.

    Mabel's Mistake Ann S. Stephens
  • I loved the loveliness of thought, and treasured that more than Parian speech.

    Eighth Reader James Baldwin
  • As we passed the Parian gate, he said: "Come on; let's go to the Metropole."

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • Parian wreaths were very white because the marble of Paros was pure.

British Dictionary definitions for Parian

Parian

/ˈpɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
denoting or relating to a fine white marble mined in classical times in Paros
2.
denoting or relating to a fine biscuit porcelain used mainly for statuary
3.
of or relating to Paros
noun
4.
a native or inhabitant of Paros
5.
Parian marble
6.
Parian porcelain
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