Porphyrian

adjective
Por·​phyr·​i·​an | \ (ˈ)pȯ(r)¦firēən \
variants: or less commonly Porphyrean \ " , ¦pȯ(r)fə¦rē-​ \

Definition of Porphyrian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the Neoplatonist Porphyry or his writings or doctrines — compare tree of porphyry

Porphyrian

noun
\ " \
variants: or less commonly Porphyrianist \ -​ə̇st \
plural -s

Definition of Porphyrian (Entry 2 of 2)

: an adherent of Porphyry or of his doctrines

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History and Etymology for Porphyrian

Adjective

Porphyry 3d century a.d. Greek philosopher + English -an

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“Porphyrian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Porphyrian. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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