Col·​ly·​rid·​i·​an | \ ˌkäləˈridēən \
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Definition of Collyridian

: one of a heretical sect in the 4th and 5th centuries chiefly in Arabia that employed women as priestesses to offer sacrifices in the form of rolls of bread to the Virgin Mary

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History and Etymology for Collyridian

Medieval Latin Collyridianus, from Late Latin collyrida thin cake of bread, from Greek kollyrid-, kollyris, diminutive of kollyra roll of bread

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“Collyridian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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