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Pancratium

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pancratium (Bot) A genus of Old World amaryllideous bulbous plants, having a funnel-shaped perianth with six narrow spreading lobes. The American species are now placed in the related genus Hymenocallis.
    • Pancratium (Gr. Antiq) An athletic contest involving both boxing and wrestling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pancratium pan-krā′ti-um a contest of boxing and wrestling combined
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. pagkra`tion a complete contest, fr. pagkrath`s all-powerful; pa^s pa^n, all + kra`tos strength
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. pan, all, kratos, strength.

Usage

In literature:

And the same holds in boxing and in the pancratium?
"Charmides" by Plato
In the Pancratium it is in our power to desist and not to receive blows.
"A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus With the Encheiridion" by Epictetus
Tiridates one day viewed an exhibition of pancratium.
"Dio's Rome, Volume V., Books 61-76 (A.D. 54-211)" by Cassius Dio
Bambusa, Urtica urentior, Geranium, Rumex of Khegumpa, Pancratium or Crinum!
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
As a cut bloom, the Christmas Rose vies with the eucharis and pancratium.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
The Pancratium was a contest in which boxing and wrestling were both allowable.
"The Teaching of Epictetus" by Epictetus
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