Lydian

Lyd"i*an

(?), a. [L. Lydius, fr. Lydia, Gr. .] Of or pertaining to Lydia, a country of Asia Minor, or to its inhabitants; hence, soft; effeminate; -- said especially of one of the ancient Greek modes or keys, the music in which was of a soft, pathetic, or voluptuous character.
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Softly sweet in Lydian measures,
Soon he soothed his soul to pleasures.
Dryden.
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Lydian stone, a flint slate used by the ancients to try gold and silver; a touchstone. See Basanite.
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