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  1. an ancient city in SW Cyprus.
  2. Also Pa·phus [pey-fuh s] /ˈpeɪ fəs/. Classical Mythology. the son of Pygmalion, who inherited the throne of Cyprus.
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Examples from the Web for paphos

Historical Examples

  • Cnidos, Paphos, Cythera; you will usually find me at one of these places.

    Ixion In Heaven

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Some writers say, that from Paphos to Alexandreia are 3600 stadia.

  • Did the rosy feet of Aphrodite ever press the sands of Paphos?

    A Little Pilgrimage in Italy

    Olave M. (Olave Muriel) Potter

  • The dove of Paphos therefore, may be considered as synonymous with the dove of Venus.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare

    James Edmund Harting

  • These come from the Paphos district and are said to be rather poor in tannin.

British Dictionary definitions for paphos


  1. a town in SW Cyprus, near the sites of two ancient cities: famous as the centre of Aphrodite worship and traditionally the place at which she landed after her birth among the waves. Pop: 53 060 (2001)
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Paphus (ˈpeɪfəs)

  1. Greek myth the son of Pygmalion and Galatea, who succeeded his father on the throne of Cyprus
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