hexagram

noun

hexa·​gram ˈhek-sə-ˌgram How to pronounce hexagram (audio)
: a plane figure that has the shape of a 6-pointed star, that consists of two intersecting congruent equilateral triangles having the same point as center and their sides parallel, and that can be formed by constructing external equilateral triangles on the sides of a regular hexagon compare solomon's seal sense 2

Illustration of hexagram

Illustration of hexagram

Examples of hexagram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The quietude begins with a shoji screen by Mr. Childress that blocks off the gallery’s front window, its lightweight frame reiterating the six basic lines of the hexagram structure. Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter and Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hexagram was in 1871

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“Hexagram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hexagram. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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hexagram

noun
hexa·​gram ˈhek-sə-ˌgram How to pronounce hexagram (audio)
: a figure consisting of two equilateral triangles forming a 6-pointed star

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