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noun Greek Mythology.
  1. the priestess of Apollo at Delphi who delivered the oracles.
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Origin of Pythia

< Latin Pȳthia < Greek Pȳthía, feminine of Pȳthiós Pythian
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Historical Examples

  • We had come too early, and the Pythia did not at first appear.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • After purification he was sent by the Pythia to serve Eurystheus.

  • The name given to the inspired priestess was always the same, that of Pythia.

    Greek Women

    Mitchell Carroll

  • The Pythia uttered her oracles under the most distressing signs.

    Religion &amp; Sex

    Chapman Cohen

  • The temple is full of the beautiful and costly gifts which they have brought for the Pythia.

    Old Greek Stories

    James Baldwin

British Dictionary definitions for pythia


  1. 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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