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[pahy-er-i-deez] /paɪˈɛr ɪˌdiz/
plural noun, Classical Mythology
the Muses.
nine Thessalian maidens who challenged the Muses to a singing contest, lost, and were changed into magpies for insulting the victors. Unabridged
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  • The same thing happened since to the Pierides; so much has fable always imitated sacred history.

    Voltaire's Romances Franois-Marie Arouet
  • His own enrolled unrhythmical bardic troops (humorous mercenaries when Celts) do his trumpeting best, and offend not the Pierides.

British Dictionary definitions for Pierides


plural noun (Greek myth)
the Muses See Muse
nine maidens of Thessaly, who were defeated in a singing contest by the Muses and turned into magpies for their effrontery
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