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Parthian (PAHR-thee-uhn) adjective

1. Of or relating to Parthia or its people, language, or culture.

2. Delivered in or as if in retreat.

noun

1. A native or inhabitant of Parthia.

2. The Iranian language of the Parthians.

"Could there be a Parthian burst of speed? Profits for the year ended last month should show a big leap off their five-year plateau." Lord of dullest virtue. (Britain's General Electric), The Economist, 15 Apr 1995.

This week's theme: toponyms, or words derived from place names.

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