noun (1)
al·​ec·​to·​ria | \ ˌa-lək-ˈtȯr-ē-ə \
variants: or allectory \ ə-​ˈlek-​tə-​rē \ or alectorian \ ˌa-​lək-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ən \ or alectorius \ ˌa-​lək-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əs \
plural alectoriae\ ˌa-​lək-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ˌē \ or allectories or alectorians or alectorii\ ˌa-​lək-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ˌī \

Definition of alectoria

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a talismanic stone that is supposedly found in the crop of a cock and is believed to be magical


noun (2)
Al·​ec·​to·​ria | \ ˌa-lək-ˈtȯr-ē-ə \

Definition of Alectoria (Entry 2 of 2)

: a genus of lichens (family Usneaceae) characterized by a dark brown erect or pendulous much-branched thallus of cylindrical form

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First Known Use of alectoria

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alectoria

Noun (1)

alectoria, allectory from Medieval Latin alectoria, short for Latin alectoria gemma, literally, cock's gem, from alectoria (feminine of alectorius of a cock, from Greek alektōr cock) + gemma gem; alectorian from Latin alectorius + English -an; alectorius from Latin, adjective

Noun (2)

New Latin, from Greek alektōr cock (probably from Alektōr, a name) + New Latin -ia

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“Alectoria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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