American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A mountain, about 2,458 m (8,060 ft) high, of central Greece north of the Gulf of Corinth. In ancient times it was sacred to Apollo, Dionysus, and the Muses. Delphi was at the foot of the mountain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mountain in central Greece, in mythology sacred to the Muses. The Delphian sanctuary of Apollo was on its slope, and from between its twin summit peaks flows the fountain Castalia, the waters of which were reputed to impart the virtue of poetic inspiration.
- n. Hence, figuratively The abiding-place of poetry and home of poets: sometimes used as a name for a collection of poems or of elegant literature.
- n. Name of a mountain in central Greece; according to Greek mythology, this mountain was sacred to Apollo and the Corycian nymphs, and was the home of the Muses.
- n. figuratively Home of poetry, literature, and learning.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anc. Geog. & Gr. Myth.) A mountain in Greece, sacred to Apollo and the Muses, and famous for a temple of Apollo and for the Castalian spring.
- n. (Greek mythology) a mountain in central Greece where (according to Greek mythology) the Muses lived; known as the mythological home of music and poetry
- From Ancient Greek Παρνασσός. (Wiktionary)
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