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[pith-ee-uh n]
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  1. Also Pyth·ic. of or relating to Delphi, in ancient Greece.
  2. of or relating to Apollo, with reference to his oracle at Delphi.
  1. a Pythian priestess.

Origin of Pythian

1590–1600; < Latin Pȳthi(us) (< Greek Pȳ́thios of Delphi and the oracle) + -an
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Historical Examples

  • The Pythic, sacred to Apollo Pythius, also celebrated every four years.

    Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. II of II)

    Charles Bucke

British Dictionary definitions for pythic


adjective Also: Pythic
  1. of or relating to Delphi or its oracle
  1. the priestess of Apollo at the oracle of Delphi
  2. an inhabitant of ancient Delphi

Word Origin

C16: via Latin Pӯthius from Greek Puthios of Delphi
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Word Origin and History for pythic



c.1600, "pertaining to Delphi or Delphic Apollo," from Pythia + -an. As a noun from 1590s.

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