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gammadion

noun plural -dia (-dɪə)
  1. a decorative figure composed of a number of Greek capital gammas, esp radiating from a centre, as in a swastika

Word Origin

C19: from Late Greek, literally: little gamma
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Examples from the Web for gammadion

Historical Examples

  • It is, therefore, in this latter region that we must look for the first home of the gammadion.

    Evolution in Art

    Alfred C. Haddon

  • There remains, therefore, the supposition that the gammadion might have been introduced into the two countries by the same nation.

    Evolution in Art

    Alfred C. Haddon

  • But in Persia itself the gammadion only appears as an exception on a few rare coins approaching our era.

    Evolution in Art

    Alfred C. Haddon

  • In early Greek art the Swastika and Gammadion are everywhere, especially as embroidery on dress.

    Needlework As Art

    Marian Alford


Word Origin and History for gammadion

n.

swastika-like figure formed of four capital gammas, Medieval Greek gammadion, diminutive of Greek gamma (see gamma).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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