[pith-ee-uh n]
  1. Also Pyth·ic. of or relating to Delphi, in ancient Greece.
  2. of or relating to Apollo, with reference to his oracle at Delphi.
  1. a Pythian priestess.

Origin of Pythian

1590–1600; < Latin Pȳthi(us) (< Greek Pȳ́thios of Delphi and the oracle) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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adjective Also: Pythic
  1. of or relating to Delphi or its oracle
  1. the priestess of Apollo at the oracle of Delphi
  2. an inhabitant of ancient Delphi

Word Origin for Pythian

C16: via Latin Pӯthius from Greek Puthios of Delphi
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Word Origin and History for pythic



c.1600, "pertaining to Delphi or Delphic Apollo," from Pythia + -an. As a noun from 1590s.

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