gorgoneion

noun
gor·​go·​nei·​on | \ ˌgȯ(r)gəˈnī|ˌän, -nē|, -nā| \
variants: or gorgoneum \ -​ˈnēəm \
plural gorgoneia\ \ or gorgonea\ -​ēə \

Definition of gorgoneion

: a representation of the face of a Gorgon frequent as an apotropaic symbol in Greek art

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History and Etymology for gorgoneion

gorgoneion from Greek, from neuter of gorgoneios of a Gorgon, from Gorgon-, Gorgō; gorgoneum from New Latin, from Greek gorgoneion

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“Gorgoneion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorgoneion. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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