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Meaning of Pierides

Pi•e•ri•des

Pronunciation: (pī-er'i-dēz"), [key]
— n.pl. Class. Myth.
  1. the Muses.
  2. nine Thessalian maidens who challenged the Muses to a singing contest, lost, and were changed into magpies for insulting the victors.
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