parnassus mountain


Modern name Liakoura. a mountain in central Greece, N of the Gulf of Corinth and near Delphi. About 8000 feet (2440 meters).
a collection of poems or of elegant literature.
the world of poetry or poets collectively: a rhymester striving to enter Parnassus.
any center of poetry or artistic activity: Greenwich Village was once the Parnassus of the U.S. Unabridged
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Parnassus (pɑːˈnæsəs)
1.  Mount Parnassus Parnassós, Modern Greek names: Liákoura a mountain in central Greece, in NW Boeotia: in ancient times sacred to Dionysus, Apollo, and the Muses, with the Castalian Spring and Delphi on its slopes. Height: 2457 m (8061 ft)
2.  a.  the world of poetry
 b.  a centre of poetic or other creative activity
3.  a collection of verse or belles-lettres

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mountain in Greece, symbolic of poetry, late 14c., from Gk. Parnassos, mountain in central Greece, sacred to Apollo and the Muses.
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Parnassus [(pahr-nas-uhs)]

A mountain in Greece. According to classical mythology, it was one of the mountains where the Muses lived. The Delphic oracle was on one of its slopes.

Note: Parnassus is known as the mythological home of poetry and music.
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