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[pak-toh-luh s] /pækˈtoʊ ləs/
a small river in Asia Minor, in ancient Lydia: famous for the gold washed from its sands. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I suppose that was because he had to drive out to the Pactolus?'

    Madame Midas Fergus Hume
  • The Pactolus takes but the sand-drifts from the hoards lost to use in the Tmolus.

    Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The river sands changed into gold, and to this day grains of gold are found by the river Pactolus.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • It was found mixed with the sands of the Pactolus and other rivers.

  • Pactolus: Pope, Spring, 61; allusions also to the sisters of Phaëthon.

  • And even now the sands of Pactolus glitter with grains of gold-dust.

  • I will pour the waters of Pactolus through the valley of Briarfield.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • The god directed him to go and bathe in the Pactolus, and he should be restored to his former condition.

    Cyrus the Great Jacob Abbott
  • Some of these, such as the Lydian stream, Pactolus, were supposed to renew their golden stores miraculously each year.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • Not all the gold of Pactolus, not all the beauty of Anadyomene, not all the wisdom of Minerva, could make such women ladies!

Pactolus in Technology

Digital simulation.
[Sammet 1969, p. 627].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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