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1Greek History= "Pythian". Frequently in "Pythic games".
2Of the nature of, or characteristic of, a Pythian priestess; oracular; rapturous, frenetic.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin Pȳthicus and its etymon ancient Greek Πυθικός Pythian, Delphic from Πυθώ or Πύθων + -ικός. Compare Middle French, French pythique.
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