abraxas

noun
abrax·​as | \ ə-ˈbrak-səs \

Definition of abraxas

1 used as a charm on an amulet or talisman in Europe, Asia Minor, and North Africa from the second century b.c. until the 13th century
2 or abraxas stone plural abraxases or abraxas stones : a gem engraved with the word abraxas

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First Known Use of abraxas

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abraxas

borrowed from Late Latin Abraxas, a Gnostic deity, borrowed from Greek Abrasax, Abraxas; perhaps regarded as a charm from the numerical value of the Greek letters, which is 365

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“Abraxas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abraxas. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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