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pentagram

pentagram a five-pointed star that is formed by drawing a continuous line in five straight segments, often used as a mystic and magical symbol.

In the Middle Ages, pentagrams were sometimes inscribed in clothing or hung in doors and windows to keep away evil spirits and the effects of witchcraft. The pentagram is now used as a symbol of Wicca and other neo-pagan movements, the five points often being taken to represent earth, water, air, fire, and spirit.

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pen·ta·gram / ˈpentəˌgram/ • n. a five-pointed star that is formed by drawing a continuous line in five straight segments, often used as a mystic and magical symbol.

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pentagram XIX. — Gr. pentágrammon, sb. use of n. of pentágrammos of five lines; see PENTA-, -GRAM.

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