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fylfot

[fil-fot] /ˈfɪl fɒt/
noun
1.
a swastika.
Origin of fylfot
1490-1500
1490-1500; variant of fill-foot foot filler
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  • The manner in which the fylfot was employed proves that it certainly had a symbolic signification.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • Both the Greek fret and the fylfot appear to have been unknown to the Semitic nations as an ornament or as a symbol.

    The Swastika Thomas Wilson
  • One of the most singular, as well as most ancient, of the many forms and modifications of the cross is the "fylfot."

    The Worship of the Church Jacob A. Regester
  • The gallows from which he is suspended forms a Tau cross, while the figure—from the position of the legs—forms a fylfot cross.

  • It is, I believe, generally admitted or supposed that the fylfot is of early Aryan origin.

    The Swastika Thomas Wilson
  • There can be no doubt that the fylfot throughout Eur-Asia had a symbolic significance, which in many places it still retains.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • It was long ago remarked that the fylfot is almost exclusively an Aryan symbol.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • If the fylfot is a detached intersection of the meander pattern, why did not the Egyptians hit on it?

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • The conclusion is evident that the fylfot was a symbol before the swarming-off of the Aryan hordes.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • The Greek fret or key pattern, with which all are familiar, is a decorative development of the fylfot.

    The Worship of the Church Jacob A. Regester
British Dictionary definitions for fylfot

fylfot

/ˈfaɪlfɒt/
noun
1.
a rare word for swastika
Word Origin
C16 (apparently meaning: a sign or device for the lower part or foot of a painted window): from fillen to fill + fotfoot
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Word Origin and History for fylfot
n.

supposedly a native name for the swastika (used as a decorative device), but only attested in a single, damaged c.1500 manuscript, and there it may refer to any sort of device used to fill the bottom (foot) of a design. "[I]t is even possible that it may have been a mere nonce-word" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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