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vesica piscis

[vuh-sahy-kuh pahy-sis, pis-is; vuh-see-kuh pis-kis, ves-i-kuh] /vəˈsaɪ kə ˈpaɪ sɪs, ˈpɪs ɪs; vəˈsi kə ˈpɪs kɪs, ˈvɛs ɪ kə/
noun, Fine Arts.
1.
an elliptical figure in pointed form, usually one made by the intersection of two arcs and used, especially in early Christian art, as an emblem of Christ.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; < Neo-Latin vēsīca piscis literally, bladder of a fish
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