bacchante

[buh-kan-tee, -kahn-, buh-kant, -kahnt]

Origin of bacchante

1790–1800; back formation from Latin bacchantēs, feminine plural of bacchāns bacchant; pronunciation with silent -e < French bacchante, feminine of bacchant bacchant
Also called maenad, menad, Thyiad.
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bacchante

noun plural bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
  1. a priestess or female votary of Bacchus
  2. a drunken female reveller
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