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  • adjective Pertaining to the Pactolus, a river in ancient Lydia famous for its golden sands.


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  • (One or two of them, you may perhaps chance to remember, sent short pieces to the "Pactolian" some time since, which were

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • (One or two of them, you may perhaps chance to remember, sent short pieces to the "Pactolian" some time since, which were

    Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

  • "Do not dull people bore you?" said one of the lady-boarders, -- the same that sent me her autograph-book last week with a request for a few original stanzas, not remembering that "The Pactolian" pays me five dollars a line for every thing I write in its columns.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 01, November, 1857 A Magazine of Literature, Art, and Politics

  • Little rivulets that ran gleaming like silver threads -- the Pactolian streams of childhood's home and lover's whisperings -- now swell and deepen and complain, as though angry with the burdens of the falling clouds.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898)

  • Scores of tunnels have been run into the mountain to get at the gravel of this Pactolian river.

    Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania

  • It knows that if Europe were to pay it in gold, it would be destroyed by the Pactolian stream.

    The Outlook for Canada

  • Pactolian flood flowing toward Leopoldsville and the sea.

    The Pools of Silence

  • It was shortly after this boom that the gravel surrounding the rich patch became very gravelly indeed, and it was determined that we should buy a small battery and begin to crush the quartz from which the gold was supposed to flow in a Pactolian stream.

    The Ivory Child

  • This instinctive action of the mind, although largely unconscious, is by no means irresponsible; it may be directed and controlled; it may be turned, by such control, into a Pactolian stream, enriching us while we rest and ennobling us while we play.

    Books and Culture

  • Pactolian sands of every river where Midas has bathed, and in many rocks of the earth.

    Among the Forces


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