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variants or less commonly Porphyrean
: of or relating to the Neoplatonist Porphyry or his writings or doctrines compare tree of porphyry


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variants or less commonly Porphyrianist
plural -s
: an adherent of Porphyry or of his doctrines

Word History



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 21 Sep. 2023.

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