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Word Origin and History for pyanepsia

Pyanepsia

n.

festival in honor of Apollo on the 7th of Pyanepsion (fourth month of the Attic calendar, corresponding to October-November), from Greek Pyanepsia (plural), literally "the feast of cooking beans," from pyanos, name of a kind of bean, of unknown origin, + epsein "to boil, cook." At this festival a dish of pulse was offered to the god.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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  • No meat was eaten at the Pyanepsia; the Hyperboreans were vegetarians.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2

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