Trophonian

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Trophonian Of or pertaining to Trophonius, his architecture, or his cave and oracle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • trophonian Pertaining to Trophonius, a mythical Grecian architect, or his cave or his architecture. Trophonius was said to be the inspired builder of the original temple of Apollo at Delphi, and part of the structure of the adytum of the historical temple was held to have survived from his work. After his death he was worshiped as a god, and had a famous oracle in a cavern near Lebadia in Bœotia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Trophonian trō-fō′ni-an pertaining to Trophonius, the mythical builder of the temple of Apollo at Delphi and the treasury of King Hyrieus in Bœotia.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Trophonianus, fr. Trophonius, Gr. , a Grecian architect, fabled to have been the builder of the first temple of Apollo at Delphi. He was worshiped after death, and had a celebrated oracle in a cave in Bœotia