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pentacle

[pen-tuh-kuh l] /ˈpɛn tə kəl/
noun
1.
2.
a similar figure, as a hexagram.
Origin of pentacle
1585-1595
1585-95; < Italian pentacolo five-cornered object. See penta-, -cle1
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  • A crowned figure, having a pentacle over his crown, clasps another with hands and arms; two pentacles are under his feet.

  • Then, 'round him, I drew upon the floor the figure of a pentacle, in chalk.

    Carnacki, The Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
  • Standing in the centre of the pentacle he stooped down and pressed hard on one of the little pieces of dark parquet.

    The Riddle of the Purple Emperor Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew
  • I felt happier then; for this pentacle is, as you all know, a wonderful 'Defense.'

    Carnacki, The Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
  • There was something in the hall with us that had passed the Barrier of the pentacle about one of the dogs.

    Carnacki, The Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
  • A youthful figure, looking intently at the pentacle which hovers over his raised hands.

  • S'pose those devils, pentacle gangers they was fer sure, nipped 'im?

    The Riddle of the Purple Emperor Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew
  • A very popular sign in those days, in Germany, and especially in the neighborhood of Frankfurt, was the pentacle.

    Old Tavern Signs Fritz August Gottfried Endell
  • It was only a partial 'defense' therefore, and I nearly died in the pentacle.

    Carnacki, The Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
  • As you know, my friend, the pentacle is a star formed by two equilateral triangles intersecting so as to form a six-pointed star.

    The Riddle of the Purple Emperor Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew
British Dictionary definitions for pentacle

pentacle

/ˈpɛntəkəl/
noun
1.
another name for pentagram
Word Origin
C16: from Italian pentacolo something having five corners; see penta-
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Word Origin and History for pentacle
n.

1590s, from Medieval Latin pentaculum "pentagram," a hybrid coined from Greek pente "five" (see five) + Latin -culum, diminutive (or instrumental) suffix. OED notes other similar words: Italian had pentacolo "anything with five points," and French pentacle (16c.) was the name of something used in necromancy, perhaps a five-branched candlestick; French had pentacol "amulet worn around the neck" (14c.), from pend- "to hang" + a "to" + col "neck." The same figure as a pentagram, except in magical usage, where it has been extended to other symbols of power, including a six-point star. Related: Pentacular.

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