sibyl

[sib-uhl]
noun
1.
any of certain women of antiquity reputed to possess powers of prophecy or divination.
2.
a female prophet or witch.

Origin:
1250–1300; < Greek Síbylla Sibylla; replacing Middle English Sibil < Medieval Latin Sibilla < Greek, as above


seer, prophetess, oracle, soothsayer.
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Sibyl

[sib-uhl]
noun
a female given name.
Also, Sibylle.
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sibyl (ˈsɪbɪl)
 
n
1.  (in ancient Greece and Rome) any of a number of women believed to be oracles or prophetesses, one of the most famous being the sibyl of Cumae, who guided Aeneas through the underworld
2.  a witch, fortune-teller, or sorceress
 
[C13: ultimately from Greek Sibulla, of obscure origin]
 
sibylline
 
adj
 
sibyllic
 
adj
 
sibylic
 
adj

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sibyl
c.1300, from O.Fr. sibile, from L. Sibylla, from Gk. Sibylla, name for any of several prophetesses consulted by ancient Greeks and Romans, of uncertain origin. Said to be from Doric Siobolla, from Attic Theoboule "divine wish."
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Sibyl suggests they go to the hospital, but when she attempts to call for an ambulance, she finds that the phone lines are dead.
They found in a compelling, camp combination of sibyl and dinosaur.
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