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Meaning of PARNASSIAN

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Par*nas"sian\, a. [L. Parnassius.]
    Of or pertaining to Parnassus.
    
    
  2. \Par*nas"sian\, n. [See {Parnassus}.] (Zo["o]l.)
    Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to the
    genus {Parnassius}. They inhabit the mountains, both in the
    Old World and in America.
    
    
  3. \Par*nas"sian\, n. [F. parnassien.]
    One of a school of French poets of the Second Empire
    (1852-70) who emphasized metrical form and made the little
    use of emotion as poetic material; -- so called from the name
    (Parnasse contemporain) of the volume in which their first
    poems were collected in 1866.
    
    
 

 

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