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Panagia

[pah-nah-yee-ah] /ˌpɑ nɑˈyi ɑ/
noun, plural Panagias for 1. Eastern Church
1.
a ceremony in a monastery, commemorating the assumption of the Virgin Mary, in which a loaf of bread on a plate is elevated before being distributed to the monks.
2.
(lowercase) an encolpion bearing the image of the Virgin Mary.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < Late Greek Panágia the Virgin, feminine of Greek panágios all-holy, equivalent to pan- pan- + hágios holy
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