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 (kôr′ə-bănt′, kŏr′-)
n. pl. Cor·y·bants or Cor·y·ban·tes (-băn′tēz′) Greek Mythology
A priest of the Phrygian goddess Cybele whose rites were celebrated with music and ecstatic dances.

Cor′y·ban′tic adj.


n, pl Corybants or Corybantes (ˌkɒrɪˈbæntiːz)
(Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth a wild attendant of the goddess Cybele
[C14: from Latin Corybās, from Greek Korubas, probably of Phrygian origin]
ˌCoryˈbantian, ˌCoryˈbantic, ˌCoryˈbantine adj


(ˈkɔr əˌbænt, ˈkɒr-)

n., pl. Cor•y•ban•tes (ˌkɔr əˈbæn tiz, ˌkɒr-) Cor•y•bants.
a priest or votary of Cybele.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Corybant-, s. of Corybās < Greek Korýbās]
cor`y•ban′tic, adj.
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