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peans


noun

  1. paean.

noun

  1. any song of praise, joy, or triumph.
  2. a hymn of invocation or thanksgiving to Apollo or some other ancient Greek deity.

noun

  1. a less common US spelling of paean

noun

  1. heraldry a fur of sable spotted with or

noun

  1. a hymn sung in ancient Greece in invocation of or thanksgiving to a deity
  2. any song of praise
  3. enthusiastic praisethe film received a paean from the critics

n.1590s, from Latin paean “hymn of deliverance,” from Greek paian “hymn, chant, hymn to Apollo,” from Paian, a name of the god of healing; originally the physician of the gods (in Homer), later merged with Apollo; literally “one who touches” (i.e. “one who heals by a touch”), from paio “to touch, strike.”

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