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Sib"yl (?), n. [L. sibylla, Gr. .]

1. Class. Antiq.

A woman supposed to be endowed with a spirit of prophecy.

⇒ The number of the sibyls is variously stated by different authors; but the opinion of Varro, that there were ten, is generally adopted. They dwelt in various parts of Persia, Greece, and Italy.

2.

A female fortune teller; a pythoness; a prophetess.

"An old highland sibyl."

Sir W. Scott.

 

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