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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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1698See Words from the same year
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