kontakion

noun
kon·​ta·​kion
variants: or contakion \ kənˈtäkyȯn \
plural kontakia or contakia\ -​yä \

Definition of kontakion

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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History and Etymology for kontakion

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

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“Kontakion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kontakion. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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