abraxas

noun abrax·as \ə-ˈbrak-səs\

Definition of abraxas

  1. 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. 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


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