agalma

noun

agal·​ma
ə-ˈgal-mə
plural agalmata
ə-ˈgal-mə-tə
: memorial
specifically : a primitive Greek statue of a god

Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agalma was circa 1773

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“Agalma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agalma. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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