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[pey-fee-uh n] /ˈpeɪ fi ən/
of or relating to Paphos, an ancient city of Cyprus sacred to Aphrodite.
of or relating to love, especially illicit sexual love; erotic; wanton.
noting or pertaining to Aphrodite or to her worship or service.
the Paphian, Aphrodite: so called from her cult center at Paphos.
(often lowercase) a prostitute.
Origin of Paphian
1605-15; < Latin Paphi(us) (< Greek Páphios of Paphos, of Aphrodite) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had seen this woman, white breasted like the foam, rising as the ancient goddess from the Paphian Sea.

    The Chalice Of Courage Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Another daughter of the Paphian divinity presides at the shrine of rouge et noir.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • A tear the Paphian sheds for each blood-drop of Adonis, and tears and blood on the earth are turned to flowers.

  • The performances at the Paphian Hall on that festive occasion need not be described here with accuracy.

    Marion Fay Anthony Trollope
  • No Paphian girls were introduced; no practical jokes were played; the cook and the housemaid remained in the servants quarters.

    The Love Affairs of Lord Byron Francis Henry Gribble
  • He might have been an overgrown and badly dressed Cupid who had innocently wandered from Paphian shores.

  • Paphian; a reference to Paphos in Cyprus where Aphrodit first set foot after her birth from sea foam.

  • Hence will it tend to dissensualise its nature into fantastic passions, the idolatry of Paphian priestesses.

    Anima Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • A small model of a temple is peculiarly Phnician, like that repeated upon Paphian coins.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • Another resembles the Paphian myrtles; another the purple amethysts, or the white roses, or the Thracian crane.

British Dictionary definitions for Paphian


of or relating to Paphos
of or relating to Aphrodite
(literary) of sexual love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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