pythoness

noun
py·​tho·​ness | \ ˈpī-thə-nəs How to pronounce pythoness (audio) , ˈpi- How to pronounce pythoness (audio) \

Definition of pythoness

1 : a woman who practices divination
2 : a prophetic priestess of Apollo

Other Words from pythoness

pythonic \ pī-​ˈthä-​nik How to pronounce pythoness (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of pythoness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pythoness

Middle English Phitonesse, from Middle French pithonisse, from Late Latin pythonissa, from Greek Pythōn, spirit of divination, perhaps from Pythō, seat of the Delphic oracle

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“Pythoness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pythoness. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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