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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Parnassus, Mount Parnassus, Liakouranoun

    (Greek mythology) a mountain in central Greece where (according to Greek mythology) the Muses lived; known as the mythological home of music and poetry

    "Liakoura is the modern name of Mount Parnassus"


  1. Parnassusnoun

    Name of a mountain in central Greece; according to Greek mythology, this mountain was sacred to Apollo and the Corycian nymphs, and was the home of the Muses.

    Etymology: From Παρνασσός.

  2. Parnassusnoun

    Home of poetry, literature, and learning.

    Etymology: From Παρνασσός.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parnassusnoun

    a mountain in Greece, sacred to Apollo and the Muses, and famous for a temple of Apollo and for the Castalian spring

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. .]


  1. Parnassus

    Parnassus is a town located in the Canterbury region's Hurunui District on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. It is located on the north bank of the Waiau River and the 2001 New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings gave its usually resident population as 900, a decline of 6.8% or 66 people since the 1996 census. It takes its name from a local sheep run owned by a classical scholar, Edward Lee. He saw a likeness between a local hill and the Greek Mount Parnassus, mythical home of the god Apollo and the Muses. State Highway 1 passes through the town on its route from Cheviot to Kaikoura, and the Main North Line railway from Christchurch to Picton also runs through the town. At one stage, the Waiau Branch was intended to be the main line north and a branch line diverged from the Waiau route in Waipara to service coastal communities. This line was opened to Parnassus in 1912 and was known as the Parnassus Branch at that stage. However, the decision was made to use the Parnassus route as the main line, relegating the route from Waipara through the Weka Pass to Waiau to the status of branch line. The Main North Line was completed in 1945 and continues to serve Parnassus today.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parnassus

    par-nas′us, n. a mountain in Greece, sacred to Apollo and the Muses.—adj. Parnass′ian.—Grass of Parnassus, a plant with beautiful white or yellowish flowers.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Parnassus

    a mountain in Phocis, 10 m. N. of the Gulf of Corinth, 8000 ft. high, one of the chief seats of Apollo and the Muses, and an inspiring source of poetry and song, with the oracle of Delphi and the Castalian spring on its slopes; it was conceived of by the Greeks as in the centre of the earth.


  1. Parnassus

    (Parnas′sus). The mountain of the Muses in Phocis, and sacred to Apollo and Bacchus. Any one who slept on this mountain became a poet. It was named after one of the sons of Bacchus.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parnassus in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parnassus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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