plural noun Classical Mythology.

the female attendants of Bacchus.
the priestesses of Bacchus.
the women who took part in the Bacchanalia.

Origin of Bacchae

< Latin < Greek Bákkhai, plural of Bákkhē maenad Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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pl n

the priestesses or female devotees of Bacchus

Word Origin for Bacchae

Latin, from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhē priestess of Bacchus
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Word Origin and History for bacchae



"female attendants of Bacchus," from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhe, from Bakkhos (see Bacchus).

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