Examples from the Web for parthian
This was not the ordinary character of a Parthian army, which often comprised four or five times as many infantry as cavalry.
Their shape is peculiar, as is that of the Parthian horses, compared with those of Greece and others in our country.
That was her way of replying to the Parthian arrow; but the barb was poisoned.Rhoda Fleming, Complete|George Meredith
It has a pointed Parthian coronet instead of a crown of thorns.
At the coronation of a Parthian monarch, it was his hereditary right to place the diadem on the brow of the new sovereign.
British Dictionary definitions for parthian
Word Origin and History for parthian
1520s, native or inhabitant of Parthia (ancient kingdom northeast of Persia in western Asia), from Old Persian Parthava- "Parthian," dialectal variant of the stem Parsa-, source of Persia.
As an adjective, 1580s. Phrase Parthian shot is in reference to their horsemen, who were expert at racing forward, turning, and shooting arrows backward at the moment of retreat. The exact phrase is attested by 1832; the image itself was in use long before (e.g. Parthian fight, 1630s).
Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight ["Cymbeline," Act I, Scene VII]