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periapt

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noun peri·apt \ˈper-ē-ˌapt\

Definition of periapt

  1. :  amulet



Examples of periapt in a sentence

  1. <even rational, enlightened people have their periapts, which somehow make them feel a little more secure in an uncertain world>



Origin and Etymology of periapt

Middle French or Greek; Middle French periapte, from Greek periapton, from periaptein to fasten around (oneself), from peri- + haptein to fasten


First Known Use: 1584


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