(||Pa*dro"ne) n.; pl. It. Padroni E. Padrones. [It. See Patron.]
1. A patron; a protector.
2. The master of a small coaster in the Mediterranean.
3. A man who imports, and controls the earnings of, Italian laborers, street musicians, etc.
(Pad`u*a*soy") n. [From Padua, in Italy + F. soie silk; or cf. F. pou-de-soie.] A rich and
heavy silk stuff. [Written also padesoy.]
(Pa*du"cahs) n. pl.; sing. Paducah (Ethnol.) See Comanches.
(Pæ"an) n. [L. paean, Gr. paia`n, fr. Paia`n the physician of the gods, later, Apollo. Cf. Pæon,
Peony.] [Written also pean.]
1. An ancient Greek hymn in honor of Apollo as a healing deity, and, later, a song addressed to other
2. Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph. Dryden. "Public pæans of congratulation." De Quincey.
3. See Pæon.
(Pæ`do*bap"tism) n. Pedobaptism.
(Pæ`do*gen"esis) n. pai^s, paido`s, child + E. genesis.]> (Zoöl.) Reproduction by young or
(Pæ`do*ge*net"ic) a. (Zoöl.) Producing young while in the immature or larval state; said of
certain insects, etc.
(Pæ"on) n. [L. paeon, Gr. paiw`n a solemn song, also, a pæon, equiv. to paia`n. See Pæan.] (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, pæan.]
(Pæ"o*nine) n. (Chem.) An artifical red nitrogenous dyestuff, called also red coralline.
(Pæ"o*ny) n. (Bot.) See Peony.
(Pa"gan) n. [L. paganus a countryman, peasant, villager, a pagan, fr. paganus of or pertaining
to the country, rustic, also, pagan, fr. pagus a district, canton, the country, perh. orig., a district with
fixed boundaries: cf. pangere to fasten. Cf. Painim, Peasant, and Pact, also Heathen.] One who
worships false gods; an idolater; a heathen; one who is neither a Christian, a Mohammedan, nor a Jew.
Neither having the accent of Christians, nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man.Shak.
Syn. Gentile; heathen; idolater. Pagan, Gentile, Heathen. Gentile was applied to the other nations
of the earth as distinguished from the Jews. Pagan was the name given to idolaters in the early Christian
church, because the villagers, being most remote from the centers of instruction, remained for a long
time unconverted. Heathen has the same origin. Pagan is now more properly applied to rude and
uncivilized idolaters, while heathen embraces all who practice idolatry.
(Pa"gan), a. [L. paganus of or pertaining to the country, pagan. See Pagan, n.] Of or pertaining
to pagans; relating to the worship or the worshipers of false goods; heathen; idolatrous, as, pagan tribes
And all the rites of pagan honor paid.Dryden.