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sibyl

[ sib-uhl ]
/ ˈsɪb əl /
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noun
any of certain women of antiquity reputed to possess powers of prophecy or divination.
a female prophet or witch.
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Origin of sibyl

1250–1300; <Greek SíbyllaSibylla; replacing Middle English Sibil<Medieval Latin Sibilla<Greek, as above

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Sibyl

or Sib·ylle

[ sib-uhl ]
/ ˈsɪb əl /

noun
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for sibyl

sibyl
/ (ˈsɪbɪl) /

noun
(in ancient Greece and Rome) any of a number of women believed to be oracles or prophetesses, one of the most famous being the sibyl of Cumae, who guided Aeneas through the underworld
a witch, fortune-teller, or sorceress

Derived forms of sibyl

sibylline (ˈsɪbɪˌlaɪn, sɪˈbɪlaɪn) or sibyllic or sibylic (sɪˈbɪlɪk), adjective

Word Origin for sibyl

C13: ultimately from Greek Sibulla, of obscure origin
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