phylactery


phy·lac·tery

noun \fə-ˈlak-t(ə-)rē\
plural phy·lac·ter·ies

Definition of PHYLACTERY

1
:  either of two small square leather boxes containing slips inscribed with scriptural passages and traditionally worn on the left arm and on the head by observant Jewish men and especially adherents of Orthodox Judaism during morning weekday prayers
2
:  amulet

Examples of PHYLACTERY

  1. <he wore a small phylactery on a cord around his neck>

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Origin of PHYLACTERY

Middle English philaterie, from Medieval Latin philaterium, alteration of Late Latin phylacterium, from Greek phylaktērion amulet, phylactery, from phylassein to guard, from phylak-, phylax guard
First Known Use: 14th century

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