baetyl

noun bae·tyl \ˈbētəl\
variants: or

baetulus

\ˈbēchələs\ or

baetylus

\ˈbētələs\

Definition of baetyl

plural

baetyls

\-əlz\ or

baetuli

\-chəˌlī\ or

baetyli

\-təlˌī\
  1. :  a roughly shaped stone (such as a meteorite) held sacred or worshipped as of divine origin

baetylic

\(ˈ)bē¦tilik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of baetyl

Latin baetulus, from Greek baitylos, a sacred meteorite


First Known Use: 1854


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