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[pee-lee-uh n; Greek pee-lee-awn] /ˈpi li ən; Greek ˈpi li ɔn/
Mount, a mountain near the E coast of Greece, in Thessaly. 5252 feet (1600 meters).
pile / heap Pelion on Ossa,
  1. to make matters worse; aggravate or compound a situation.
  2. to engage in vain or futile efforts. Unabridged
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  • Either Olympus or Pelion would be the natural base on which to pile up the other mountains.

    Vacation days in Greece Rufus B. Richardson
  • But to-night the Prince was not only alive, but also, Ossa upon Pelion, in a good humor!

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • Spurn those spindles enwrapped in the laborious warp; the lance from Pelion is to be brandished by that hand.

  • It would have buried a Titaness under a Pelion of moral feather-beds.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The correct pronunciation of them seems to us like a piling of Pelion upon Ossa.

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, January 1883 The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
  • On the Pelion of her own misery she heaped the Ossa of self-condemnation.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • Therein, he has dreamed of flames and suffocation—of mountains upon mountains—of Pelion upon Ossa.

  • Oh, Ossa on Pelion, mount piled on mount, of error and folly!

    Walt Whitman Yesterday and Today Henry Eduard Legler
  • "Would cause the dainty creature to think of Pelion piled upon Ossa," observed the Professor.

    The Funny Philosophers George Yellott
  • And so on, and so on: Ossa on Pelion of rapture and young delight and wonder, when suddenly a heavy hand was laid on his shoulder.

    Narcissa, or the Road to Rome Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for Pelion


a mountain in NE Greece, in E Thessaly. In Greek mythology it was the home of the centaurs. Height: 1548 m (5079 ft) Modern Greek name Pílion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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