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 (pī′thə-nĭs, pĭth′ə-)
1. Greek Mythology A priestess of Apollo at Delphi.
2. A prophetess.

[Middle English phitonesse, from Old French phitonise, from Late Latin pȳthonissa, from Greek Pūthōn, Python; see Python1.]


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) a woman, such as Apollo's priestess at Delphi, believed to be possessed by an oracular spirit
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) a female soothsayer
[C14 phitonesse, ultimately from Greek Puthōn Python]


(ˈpaɪ θə nɪs, ˈpɪθ ə-)

a woman believed to be possessed by a soothsaying spirit.
[1350–1400; Middle English phytonesse (< Middle French phitonise) < Medieval Latin phitōnissa, Late Latin (Vulgate) pȳthōnissa, feminine derivative of pȳthōn < Greek pneûma pýthōna spirit of divination (NT), Pýthōnes ventriloquists (Plutarch), obscurely akin to Pȳthṓ(n) Delphi (compare Pythian)]
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Noun1.pythoness - a witch with powers of divination
witch - a being (usually female) imagined to have special powers derived from the devil
2.pythoness - (Greek mythology) the priestess of Apollo at Delphi who transmitted the oraclesPythoness - (Greek mythology) the priestess of Apollo at Delphi who transmitted the oracles
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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Maggie tossed her hair back and ran downstairs, seized her bonnet without putting it on, peeped, and then dashed along the passage lest she should encounter her mother, and was quickly out in the yard, whirling round like a Pythoness, and singing as she whirled, "Yap, Yap, Tom's coming home
Albert, without knowing why, started on hearing these words pronounced with such a haughty and dignified accent; it appeared to him as if there was something supernaturally gloomy and terrible in the expression which gleamed from the brilliant eyes of Haidee at this moment; she appeared like a Pythoness evoking a spectre, as she recalled to his mind the remembrance of the fearful death of this man, to the news of which all Europe had listened with horror.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE Pythoness body--arching Over the night like an ecstasy-- I feel your coils tightening .