pentagram

pentagram

[pen-tuh-gram]
noun
a five-pointed, star-shaped figure made by extending the sides of a regular pentagon until they meet, used as an occult symbol by the Pythagoreans and later philosophers, by magicians, etc.


Origin:
1825–35; < Greek pentágrammon. See penta-, -gram1

pentagrammatic [pen-tuh-gruh-mat-ik] , adjective
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pentagram (ˈpɛntəˌɡræm)
 
n
1.  a star-shaped figure formed by extending the sides of a regular pentagon to meet at five points
2.  such a figure used as a magical or symbolic figure by the Pythagoreans, black magicians, etc

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pentagram
"five-pointed star," 1833, from Gk. pentagrammon, properly neut. of adj. pentagrammos "having five lines," from pente "five" + gramma "what is written."
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