Pierian

[pahy-eer-ee-uh n]

Origin of Pierian

1585–95; < Latin Pīeri(us) of Pieria + -an
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Pierian

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Muses or artistic or poetic inspiration
  2. of or relating to Pieria
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Word Origin and History for pierian

Pierian

adj.

literally "of Pieria," 1590s, from Latin Pierius "Pieria," from Greek Pieria, district in northern Thessaly, reputed home of the Muses; thus "pertaining to poetry."

A little Learning is a dang'rous Thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring:
[Pope, "Essay on Criticism," 1711]
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