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ennead

[en-ee-ad] /ˈɛn iˌæd/
noun
1.
a group of nine persons or things.
2.
Egyptian Religion.
  1. (initial capital letter) a group of nine related deities, including Osiris, Isis, and Set, whose lineage and functions were arranged and explained by the theologians of Heliopolis.
  2. any group of deities arranged in a similar way, often more or less than nine in number.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Greek ennead- (stem of enneás), equivalent to enné(a) nine + -ad- -ad1
Related forms
enneadic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ennead

ennead

/ˈɛnɪˌæd/
noun
1.
a group or series of nine
2.
the sum of or number nine
Derived Forms
enneadic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Greek enneas, from ennea nine
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Word Origin and History for ennead
n.

"group of nine things," 1650s, from Greek enneas (genitive enneados) "group of nine," from ennea "nine" (cognate with Sanskrit nava, Latin novem, Gothic niun, Old English nigun; see nine).

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