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sibyl

play
noun, often capitalized sib·yl \ˈsi-bəl\

Definition of sibyl

  1. 1 :  any of several prophetesses usually accepted as 10 in number and credited to widely separate parts of the ancient world (as Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, and Italy)

  2. 2a :  prophetessb :  fortune-teller

sibylic or sibyllic play \sə-ˈbi-lik\ adjective
sibylline play \ˈsi-bə-ˌlīn, -ˌlēn\ adjective


Origin of sibyl

Middle English sibile, sybylle, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French sibile, from Latin sibylla, from Greek


First Known Use: 14th century


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