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Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Panathenaea.
= Panathenaic amphora.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From (i) classical Latin Panathenaicus of or relating to the Panathenaea, and its etymon (ii) ancient Greek Παναθηναϊκός from Παναθήναια + -ικός. With use as noun in sense B. 2 compare Hellenistic Greek Παναθηναϊκόν vase awarded as a prize at the Panathenaea, use as noun of neuter singular of Παναθηναϊκός.
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