One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: of, relating to, or designating the battle of Pharsalus in Thessaly (48 b.c.). Later also: of or relating to Pharsalia.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Joshua Sylvester (d. 1618), poet and translator. From either classical Latin Pharsālia or classical Latin Pharsālius + -an.
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