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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

paeon \p[ae]"on\ (p[=e]"[o^]n), noun [L. paeon, Gr. paiw'n a solemn song, also, a p[ae]on, equiv. to paia'n. See {P[ae]an}.] (Anc. Poet.) A foot of four syllables, one long and three short, admitting of four combinations, according to the place of the long syllable. [Written also, less correctly, {p[ae]an}.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Paean \P[ae]"an\ (p[=e]'an), noun [L. paean, Gr. paia'n, fr. Paia'n the physician of the gods, later, Apollo. Cf. {P[ae]on}, {Peony}.] [Written also {pean}.]

1. An ancient Greek hymn in honor of Apollo as a healing deity, and, later, a song addressed to other deities.

2. Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph, joy, or praise. --Dryden. "Public p[ae]ans of congratulation." --De Quincey.

3. See {P[ae]on}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

paean

noun

1: a formal expression of praise [syn: {encomium}, {eulogy}, {panegyric}, {paean}, {pean}]

2: (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity) [syn: {paean}, {pean}]


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