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Pierides

[pahy-er-i-deez]
plural noun Classical Mythology.
  1. the Muses.
  2. nine Thessalian maidens who challenged the Muses to a singing contest, lost, and were changed into magpies for insulting the victors.
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Examples from the Web for pierides

Historical Examples

  • His own enrolled unrhythmical bardic troops (humorous mercenaries when Celts) do his trumpeting best, and offend not the Pierides.

    The Celt and Saxon, Complete

    George Meredith

  • The same thing happened since to the Pierides; so much has fable always imitated sacred history.

    Voltaire's Romances

    Franois-Marie Arouet


British Dictionary definitions for pierides

Pierides

pl n Greek myth
  1. the MusesSee Muse
  2. nine maidens of Thessaly, who were defeated in a singing contest by the Muses and turned into magpies for their effrontery
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