noun agal·ma \ə-ˈgal-mə\

Definition of agalma



  1. :  memorial; specifically :  a primitive Greek statue of a god

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Origin and Etymology of agalma

borrowed from Greek ágalma “ornament, finery, statue offered to a god, any statue,” from agal-, stem of agállein “to glorify, exalt, pay honor to” and agállesthai “to glory, exult in” + -ma, resultative noun suffix

First Known Use: circa 1773

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