kontakion

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

Definition of kontakion

plural kontakia or contakia \-yä\
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 :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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