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pentagram

[pen-tuh-gram] /ˈpɛn təˌgræm/
noun
1.
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.
Also called pentacle, pentangle, pentalpha.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Greek pentágrammon. See penta-, -gram1
Related forms
pentagrammatic
[pen-tuh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˈpɛn tə grəˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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pentagram

/ˈpɛntəˌɡræm/
noun
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
Also called pentacle, pentangle
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Word Origin and History for pentagrams

pentagram

n.

"five-pointed star," 1820, from Greek pentagrammon, noun use of neuter of adj. pentagrammos "having five lines," from pente "five" (see five) + gramma "what is written" (see grammar).

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