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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.]
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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]
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py•tho•ness(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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|Noun||1.||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 oracles|
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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