- a woman believed to be possessed by a soothsaying spirit, as the priestess of Apollo at Delphi.
- a woman who practices divination.
Origin of pythoness
Examples from the Web for pythoness
Historical Examples of pythoness
Will it be said that there was any collusion between St. Paul and the Pythoness?The Phantom World
Her attitudes, it was once said, were those of "a Pythoness cast in bronze."
It was a pythoness from Syria that advised Marius on the sacrifices he was to perform.The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
Lynette said, without removing her fascinated eyes from the Pythoness.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
I am sorry for this his incurable passion to play the Pythoness.Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862
- a woman, such as Apollo's priestess at Delphi, believed to be possessed by an oracular spirit
- a female soothsayer
Word Origin for pythoness
Word Origin and History for pythoness
late 14c., "woman with the power of soothsaying," from Old French phitonise (13c.), from Late Latin pythonissa, used in Vulgate of the Witch of Endor (I Sam. xxviii:7), and often treated as her proper name, literally fem. of pytho "familiar spirit;" which ultimately is connected with the title of the prophetess of the Delphic Oracle, Greek pythia hiereia, from Pythios, an epithet of Apollo, from Pytho, older name of the region of Delphi (see python).