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[en-kohl-pee-uh n, -kol-pee-on]
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noun, plural en·col·pi·a [en-kohl-pee-uh, -kol-] /ɛnˈkoʊl pi ə, -kɒl-/. Eastern Church.
  1. a pectoral medallion bearing the image of Christ or the Virgin Mary, worn by bishops.
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Origin of encolpion

< Medieval Greek enkólpion; Greek, noun use of neuter of enkólpios of the bosom, equivalent to en- en-2 + kólp(os) bosom, lap + -ios adj. suffix
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  • Encolpion, en-kol′pi-on, n. an amulet: a Greek pectoral cross.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)