kontakion

noun kon·ta·kion \kənˈtäkyȯn\
variants: or

contakion

\kənˈtäkyȯn\

Definition of kontakion

plural

kontakia

or

contakia

\-yä\
  1. 1 :  a poetic sermon with numerous stanzas that was in common use in the Byzantine rite between the 6th and 8th centuries a.d.

  2. 2 :  a usually short hymn in the Eastern Orthodox Church

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Origin and Etymology of kontakion

Middle Greek kontakion, literally, scroll, probably diminutive of Late Greek kontak-, kontax pole, from Greek kontos


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