plural Peratae
or Perates
: a member of a Gnostic school venerating the serpent as a powerful being intermediary between God the Father and unformed matter

Word History


Late Latin Peratae, plural, from Late Greek Peratai, from plural of Greek peratēs one that crosses over, from peran to cross over, pass through

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“Perates.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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