oreibasia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Greek ορειβασια, literally ‘mountain-treading’.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /əɹeɪˈbæsɪə/

Noun[edit]

oreibasia (uncountable)

  1. A nocturnal ceremony of Bacchic women in Ancient Greece.
    • 1992: Besides, it was getting cold. They say that the oreibasia took place in midwinter, but I daresay the Peloponnesus is considerably milder that time of year than Vermont. — Donna Tartt, The Secret History