- Also Pyth·ic. of or relating to Delphi, in ancient Greece.
- of or relating to Apollo, with reference to his oracle at Delphi.
- a Pythian priestess.
Origin of Pythian
1590–1600; < Latin Pȳthi(us) (< Greek Pȳ́thios of Delphi and the oracle) + -an
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Priests and priestesses may also follow, unless the Pythian oracle forbids.Laws
A copy of the Pythian Apollo by Scopas is in the same museum.Museum of Antiquity
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Why, the Pythian priestess on the tripod is not moved so much as this!Plutarch's Morals
The Pythian recommended an alliance with their nearest neighbours.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
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- of or relating to Delphi or its oracle
- the priestess of Apollo at the oracle of Delphi
- an inhabitant of ancient Delphi
C16: via Latin Pӯthius from Greek Puthios of Delphi
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