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  • n  (classical mythology) a priestess or votary of Bacchus

  • In Paris she became a pupil, later a good friend of aging Auguste Rodin, won her first real fame with a bronze of Anna Pavlova as a dancing bacchante.
  • His sensuous 1895 Madonna captures a strangely melancholy bacchante, in the throes of some primeval ecstasy, clearly his "woman of lust.

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