- a meteorite or stone held sacred or believed to be of divine origin.
Also bae·tu·lus [bee-chuh-luh s, beet-l-uh s] /ˈbi tʃə ləs, ˈbit l əs/, bae·ty·lus [beet-l-uh s] /ˈbit l əs/.
Origin of baetyl
1850–55; < Latin baetulus < Greek baítȳlos meteoric stone
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Examples from the Web for baetyl
This pillar can hardly be anything but a baetyl, or sacred stone.
At the foot of one of the trilithons was found a baetyl 51 inches in height, now in the museum at Valletta.
It has been suggested that this pit was made to hold the base of the cult-object, whether it was a baetyl or an idol.