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
or abraxas stone plural abraxases or abraxas stones : a gem engraved with the word abraxas

Word History


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

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of abraxas was in 1698

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“Abraxas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abraxas. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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