ennead

ennead

[en-ee-ad]
noun
1.
a group of nine persons or things.
2.
Egyptian Religion.
a.
(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.
b.
any group of deities arranged in a similar way, often more or less than nine in number.

Origin:
1645–55; < Greek ennead- (stem of enneás), equivalent to enné(a) nine + -ad- -ad1

enneadic, adjective
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ennead (ˈɛnɪˌæd)
 
n
1.  a group or series of nine
2.  the sum of or number nine
 
[C17: from Greek enneas, from ennea nine]
 
enne'adic
 
adj

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ennead
"group of nine things," 1653, from Gk. enneas (gen. enneados) "group of nine," from ennea "nine" (cognate with Skt. nava, L. novem, Goth. niun, O.E. nigun; see nine).
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