from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to love or sexual desire, especially when illicit.
- adj. Of or relating to Paphos, the mythical birthplace of the goddess of love on the island of Cyprus.
- n. A prostitute.
- n. A resident of Paphos.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to Paphos, an ancient city of Cyprus, having a celebrated temple of Venus; hence, pertaining to Venus, or her rites.
- n. A native or inhabitant of Paphos.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to Paphos, a city of Cyprus sacred to Aphrodite (Venus), and containing one of her most celebrated temples.
- Hence Pertaining to Aphrodite or her rites.
- [lowercase] In conchology, of or pertaining to the Paphiidæ.
- n. An inhabitant of Paphos; a Cypriot or Cyprian.
- n. A prostitute.
- n. [lowercase] In conchology, any member of the Paphiidæ.
On account of its brilliancy it has been called the Paphian diamond. "
Cupidity, or a Paphian stimulus, as some women, even of condition, have acted, are not words too harsh to be substituted on the occasion, however grating they may be to delicate ears.
There is no offering a man comfort in such a sorrow as this; unless, indeed, he be one to whom the worship of Bacchus may be made a fitting substitute for that of the Paphian goddess.
Paphian goddess, the groves of Cyprus are not more taciturn than those of the Temple.
My intended journey was to the site of the Paphian temple.
Caria, and in another the Paphian commander Penthylos son of
Give order that henceforth they live not, like idle gentlemen, idly upon their rents and revenues, but that they may work for their livelihood by breaking ground within the Paphian trenches.
We might have drenched with Paphian laughter, flung
PAPHOS: there were two towns of the name, both on the west side of the island of Cyprus, and dedicated to Venus, who was hence the _Paphian_ and the _Cyprian_ goddess.
These two Muses, sent for, regardless of expense, I could see, were but the vehicle of a kind of service which I judged to be Paphian rather.