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amulet

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An ornament or small piece of jewellery thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease. The word is recorded from the late 16th century; it comes from Latin, but is of unknown ...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

... (Latin amuletum ) A trinket or piece of jewellery worn, usually round the neck, as a preventive charm. The word was formerly connected with the Arabic himalah , the name given to the cord that secured the koran to the person. The early Christians wore amulets called ichthys . See also talisman...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Archaeology, History
Length:
26 words

... [Ar] An object which is believed by its owner to have the power to ward off evil. Sometimes bears a magical inscription to ensure...

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A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
79 words

... Heb. kamea , a magical charm to protect from harm the one who possesses it or wears it. Despite the strong biblical opposition to magic and divination , white magic in the form of the amulet was tolerated by the Talmudic Rabbis, who allowed a tried amulet (one written by an expert in the art, which had worked successfully on three different occasions) to be carried even on the Sabbath when carrying objects in the public domain is normally...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
643 words

... (φυλακτήριον). Although it could take many forms, from medicinal animal fur to apotropaic door frames, an amulet was usually a small artifact worn on the body, such as a pendant, armband (see Armbands, Amuletic ) , ring, or token. Severos of Antioch (PO 29.1:79 [583]f) advises against “the suspension and attachment to necks or arms or other members [of those objects] called phylakteria , or protective amulets …” Especially common in the 4th to 8th C., and among the lower strata of society, amulets were roundly condemned by the church fathers and the...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Religion
Length:
112 words

... A charm to avert evil spirits, and, therefore, forbidden to Christians, although common among the pagans. Nevertheless, the Jewish custom of wearing a phylactery combined with pagan usage to encourage their use among the earliest Christians. Some objects found in catacombs are probably amulets, and much later examples can be found in e.g. Italian paintings of the Madonna and Child, where the Child wears a piece of coral round His neck: the Senigallia Madonna by Piero Della Francesca (Urbino, Gall. Naz.) actually shows the Child as blessing, while at...

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Richard L Gordon

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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Current Version:
2018

...stones form a significant intermediate mode between substances and exclusively verbal amulets; the major literary sources are the Greek Lapidaries ( Lithica ). Graeco-Egyptian workshops produced thousands of similar amulets for medical and spirit-protection, which circulated widely in the eastern Mediterranean. Jewish material occurs here too—an important late type is the ‘Seal of Solomon’ pendant, mass-produced in Syrian workshops. Specifically Christian amuletic gems, which are not common (most are seal rings ), date from the late 3rd and 4th...

TEETHING amulet

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A Dictionary of Superstitions

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Society and culture, Customs and Traditions
Length:
144 words

... amulet ad 77 PLINY Natural History XXVIII LXXVIII ( 1856 , V 364) A wolf's tooth, attached to the body … acts as a preservative against the maladies attendant upon dentition … The first teeth shed by a horse, attached as an amulet to infants, facilitate dentition, and are better still, when not allowed to touch the ground. 1688 AUBREY Remaines ( 1881 , 204) Coralls are worne by children still: but in Ireland they value the fang-tooth (holder) of an wolfe before it: which they set in silver and gold as we doe y e Coralls. 1713 Wentworth...

MOLUCCA BEAN amulet

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A Dictionary of Superstitions

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Society and culture, Customs and Traditions
Length:
218 words

...BEAN amulet 1602 R. CAREW Cornwall 27. The sea strond is strowed with … shels. With these are found … certain Nuts, somewhat resembling a sheepes kidney, saue that they are flatter: the outside consisteth of a hard darke coloured rinde: the inner part, of a kernell voyd of any taste, but not so of vertue, especially for women trauayling in childbirth, if at least, old wiues tales may deserue any credit. 1703 M. MARTIN Western Islands of Scotland 38–9. There is a variety of Nuts [which drift from the Molucca Islands] called Molluka Beans …...

Great Amulet, The

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The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction

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Current Version:
2005

...Amulet, The , Maud Diver , 1908 , Blackwood. The surgingly romantic story of a mismatched couple whose love for each other, shallow at first, ripens and blossoms under pressure. Eldred Lenox is a puritanitical Scots artilleryman serving on the North-West frontier of India. His wife, Quita, is a vivid, whimsical artist. They discover their incompatibility on the day of their wedding and decide to separate, as they would have done in a New Woman novel. Eldred becomes addicted to work and opium, Quita to art, independence, and flirtation. But, as this is not...

Story of the Amulet, The

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
407 words

...that it is only one half of the complete amulet, the other half having been lost. Nevertheless this half-amulet has magic powers: it grows into an arch the size of a doorway, through which the children can step into whatever place or time they choose. The Psammead advises them that they should make journeys back into time past in order to discover and gain for themselves the missing piece of the amulet. They begin their time-travelling, visiting ancient Egypt, Babylon, and Atlantis before its inundation. At last it is found, and the children immediately have...

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The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction

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Current Version:
2005

...of the Amulet, The , E. Nesbit , 1906 , T. Fisher Unwin. This is the second book about Cyril, Anthea, Robert, and Jane (who also feature in The Phoenix and the Carpet , 1904 ) and the Psammead, the crotchety sand fairy they found in a gravel-pit (see Five Children and It , 1902 ). This time the children find the creature in a pet-shop in Camden Town, and it is therefore grateful (rather than aggrieved) to be found. The Psammead (as previously agreed) will no longer grant the children their wishes, but does still advise them on the use of magic....

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
6 words

... XVII. — F. amulette — L. amulētum...

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
19 words

... n. [SE amulet , a charm against evil] the vagina. 1890–1904 Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006

... an ornament or small piece of jewellery thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease. The word is recorded from the late 16th century; it comes from Latin, but is of unknown...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
126 words

... • braggart , faggot ( US fagot), maggot • legate • bigot , gigot, Piggott, spigot • ingot • profligate • aggregate • yogurt • conjugate • abrogate • surrogate • ergot , virgate • Bagehot • patriarchate • wainscot • Sickert • predicate • syndicate • certificate , pontificate • Calicut • delicate • silicate • triplicate • duplicate , quadruplicate • intricate • Connecticut • Alcott • ducat • advocate • ballot , palate • charlotte , harlot • appellate , Helot, prelate, zealot • flagellate • distillate • Pilate , pilot • copilot •...

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Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
17 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
51 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
51 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
35 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
35 words

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