theo·​to·​kion | \ ˌtheȯˈtȯˌkyȯn, -tȯˈkēˌȯn \
plural theotokia\ -​(ˌ)kyä , -​ˈkē(ˌ)ä \

Definition of theotokion

: 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

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History and Etymology for theotokion

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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