1Ancient Greek History
= "Pythian". Frequently in "Pythic games".
2Of the nature of, or characteristic of, a Pythian priestess; oracular; rapturous, frenetic.
The Oracle of Apollo at Delphi is said to have spoken in an ecstatic or intoxicated frenzy.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin Pȳthicus and its etymon ancient Greek Πυθικός Pythian, Delphic from Πυθώ or Πύθων + -ικός.