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[pen-tuh-kuh l] /ˈpɛn tə kəl/
a similar figure, as a hexagram.
Origin of pentacle
First recorded in 1585-95, pentacle is from the Italian word pentacolo five-cornered object. See penta-, -cle1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pentacle
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  • But very remarkable, in the mid-roof, is the boss of the pentacle of Solomon.

  • It was only a partial 'defense' therefore, and I nearly died in the pentacle.

    Carnacki, The Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
  • Then, 'round him, I drew upon the floor the figure of a pentacle, in chalk.

    Carnacki, The Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
  • I felt happier then; for this pentacle is, as you all know, a wonderful 'Defense.'

    Carnacki, The Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
  • Like lightning, the thought sprang into my brain:—IT has crossed the pentacle.

    Carnacki, The Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
  • I knew that the pentacle would govern her, and the ring must bind, until I gave the word.

  • I mounted the stairs; I looked on the floor of the upper room; yes, there still was the black figure of the pentacle, the circle.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • A youthful figure, looking intently at the pentacle which hovers over his raised hands.

  • A crowned figure, having a pentacle over his crown, clasps another with hands and arms; two pentacles are under his feet.

  • A very popular sign in those days, in Germany, and especially in the neighborhood of Frankfurt, was the pentacle.

    Old Tavern Signs

    Fritz August Gottfried Endell
British Dictionary definitions for pentacle


another name for pentagram
Word Origin
C16: from Italian pentacolo something having five corners; see penta-
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Word Origin and History for pentacle

1590s, from Medieval Latin pentaculum "pentagram," a hybrid coined from Greek pente "five" (see five) + Latin -culum, diminutive (or instrumental) suffix. OED notes other similar words: Italian had pentacolo "anything with five points," and French pentacle (16c.) was the name of something used in necromancy, perhaps a five-branched candlestick; French had pentacol "amulet worn around the neck" (14c.), from pend- "to hang" + a "to" + col "neck." The same figure as a pentagram, except in magical usage, where it has been extended to other symbols of power, including a six-point star. Related: Pentacular.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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