|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
|1.||chiefly RC Church|
|a. a greeting signifying Christian love transmitted from one to another of those assisting at the Eucharist; kiss of peace|
|b. a small metal or ivory plate, often with a representation of the Crucifixion, formerly used to convey the kiss of peace from the celebrant at Mass to those attending it, who kissed the plate in turn|
|2.||school slang (Brit) a call signalling an end to hostilities or claiming immunity from the rules of a game: usually accompanied by a crossing of the fingers|
|private automatic exchange|
in Roman religion, personification of peace, probably recognized as a deity for the first time by the emperor Augustus, in whose reign much was made of the establishment of political calm. An altar of Pax Augusta (the Ara Pacis) was dedicated in 9 BC and a great temple of Pax completed by the emperor Vespasian in AD 75.
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