vesica piscis

noun
vesica pis·​cis | \ -ˈpiskə̇s, ˈpisə̇s, ˈpīsə̇s, ˈpēsə̇s \

Definition of vesica piscis

: a pointed oval figure typically composed of two intersecting arcs specifically : an aureole of this shape surrounding a representation of a sacred personage

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History and Etymology for vesica piscis

New Latin, literally, fish bladder

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“Vesica piscis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vesica%20piscis. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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