kontakion

noun

kon·​ta·​kion
variants or contakion
kənˈtäkyȯn
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

Word History

Etymology

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 3 Dec. 2022.

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