Definition of pythoness in English:

pythoness

noun

archaic
  • A female soothsayer or conjuror of spirits.

    • ‘An elevated term for a witch was pythoness, which came to us in medieval times from medical Latin via French.’
    witch, sorceress, magician, fairy, fairy godmother

Pronunciation

pythoness

/ˈpīTHənəs/ /ˈpaɪθənəs/ /ˈpiTHənəs/ /ˈpɪθənəs/

Origin

Late Middle English from Old French phitonise, from an alteration of late Latin pythonissa, based on Greek puthōn ‘soothsaying demon’. Compare with Pythia.