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A female given name

Be she as foul as Florentius' love, / As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd / As Socrates' Xanthippe, or worse, / She moves me not.

A pagan female oracle or prophetess, especially the Cumaean sibyl

I used to read these tales in Homer when I was a lad. Then the Sibyl! I saw her at Cumae with my own eyes hanging in a jar; and when the boys cried to her, ‘Sibyl, what would you?' she'd answer, ‘I would die,'-- both of ‘em speaking Greek..

Prophetess of Greek legend. She was a figure of the mythical past whose prophecies, phrased in Greek hexameters, were handed down in writing. In the late 4th century BC, the number of Sibyls multiplied, and the term sibyl was treated as a title. Sibyls were associated with various oracles, especially those of Apollo, who was said to be their inspiration. They were typically depicted as extremely old women who lived in caves and delivered their prophecies in an ecstatic frenzy. A famous collection of prophecies, the Sibylline Books, was traditionally kept in the temple of Jupiter, to be consulted only in emergencies
used from the Middle Ages; since the nineteenth century usually spelled Sybil
{i} woman who the ancient Greeks or Romans considered to be an oracle or a seer; prophetess
A female fortune teller; a pythoness; a prophetess
(ancient Rome) a woman who was regarded as an oracle or prophet a woman who tells fortunes
A woman supposed to be endowed with a spirit of prophecy
(ancient Rome) a woman who was regarded as an oracle or prophet
a woman who tells fortunes
plural of sibyl



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    /ˈsəbəl/ /ˈsɪbəl/


    [ 'si-b&l ] (noun.) 14th century. Latin Sibylla, Ancient Greek Σίβυλλα (“sibyl”) , name of ancient Greek prophetesses.

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