Definitions for pythonessˈpaɪ θə nɪs, ˈpɪθ ə-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
py•tho•nessˈpaɪ θə nɪs, ˈpɪθ ə-(n.)
a woman believed to be possessed by a soothsaying spirit.
Origin of pythoness:
1350–1400; ME phytonesse (< MF phitonise ) < ML phitōnissa, LL (Vulgate) pȳthōnissa, fem. der. of pȳthōn < Gk pneûma pýthōna spirit of divination (NT), Pýthōnes ventriloquists (Plutarch), obscurely akin to Pȳthṓ(n) Delphi (cf. Pythian )
a witch with powers of divination
(Greek mythology) the priestess of Apollo at Delphi who transmitted the oracles
A female python.
The priestess of the oracle of Apollo at Delphi.
Origin: See Pythoness.
the priestess who gave oracular answers at Delphi in Greece
any woman supposed to have a spirit of divination; a sort of witch
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the priestess of Apollo at Delphi (q. v.), so called from the Python (q. v.), the dragon slain by the god.