alectoria

noun 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\

Definition of alectoria

plural

alectoriae

\ˌa-lək-ˈtȯr-ē-ˌē\ or

allectories

or

alectorians

or

alectorii

\ˌa-lək-ˈtȯr-ē-ˌī\
  1. :  a talismanic stone that is supposedly found in the crop of a cock and is believed to be magical

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Origin and Etymology of alectoria

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


First Known Use: 14th century


Alectoria

noun Al·ec·to·ria \ˌa-lək-ˈtȯr-ē-ə\

Definition of Alectoria

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

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Origin and Etymology of alectoria

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


First Known Use: 1821


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