Pierides

[pahy-er-i-deez]
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plural noun Classical Mythology.

the Muses.
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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Historical Examples of pierides

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

  • 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

the MusesSee Muse
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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