[ pith-ee-uh ]
/ ˈpɪθ i ə /

noun Greek Mythology.

the priestess of Apollo at Delphi who delivered the oracles.

Origin of Pythia

< Latin Pȳthia < Greek Pȳthía, feminine of Pȳthiós Pythian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈpɪθɪə) /


Greek myth the priestess of Apollo at Delphi, who transmitted the oracles
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Word Origin and History for pythia



"priestess of Apollo at Delphi," 1842, from Greek pythia (hiereia) "(Priestess) of Pythian Apollo, from a variant form of Pythios, an epithet of Apollo, from Pytho, older name of the region of Delphi (see python).

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