theotokion

noun

theo·​to·​kion
ˌtheȯˈtȯˌkyȯn,
-tȯˈkēˌȯn
plural theotokia
-(ˌ)kyä,
-ˈkē(ˌ)ä
: a hymn of the Eastern Church ascribing praise to the Virgin Mary as the Mother of God and forming the final troparion of a canonical ode

Word History

Etymology

Middle Greek, from Late Greek theotokos bearer of God (epithet of the Virgin Mary), from Greek the- + -tokos (from tiktein to bear, beget)

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“Theotokion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theotokion. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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