One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or resembling the work of Phidias.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Phineas Fletcher (1582–1650), poet. From the name of Phidias (classical Latin Phīdiās, ancient Greek Φειδίας), Athenian sculptor (active 465–425) who directed the carving of the frieze and other sculptures at the Parthenon (447–432 b.c.) + -an.
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