Pyth"i*an (?), a. [L. Pythius, Gr. belonging to Pytho, the older name of Delphi and its environs: cf. F. pythien.]

Of or pertaining to Delphi, to the temple of Apollo, or to the priestess of Apollo, who delivered oracles at Delphi.

Pythian games Gr. Antiq., one of the four great national festivals of ancient Greece, celebrated near Delphi, in honor of Apollo, the conqueror of the dragon Python, at first once in eight years, afterward once in four.


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