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pythoness Line breaks: py¦thon|ess
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪθənɛs/

Definition of pythoness in English:


A woman believed to be possessed by a familiar spirit and to be able to foresee the future.
Example sentences
  • An elevated term for a witch was pythoness, which came to us in medieval times from medical Latin via French.


Late Middle English: from Old French phitonise, from an alteration of late Latin pythonissa, based on Greek puthōn 'soothsaying demon'. Compare with Pythia.

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