A crowned figure, having a pentacle over his crown, clasps another with hands and arms; two pentacles are under his feet.
Then, 'round him, I drew upon the floor the figure of a pentacle, in chalk.
Standing in the centre of the pentacle he stooped down and pressed hard on one of the little pieces of dark parquet.
I felt happier then; for this pentacle is, as you all know, a wonderful 'Defense.'
There was something in the hall with us that had passed the Barrier of the pentacle about one of the dogs.
A youthful figure, looking intently at the pentacle which hovers over his raised hands.
S'pose those devils, pentacle gangers they was fer sure, nipped 'im?
A very popular sign in those days, in Germany, and especially in the neighborhood of Frankfurt, was the pentacle.
It was only a partial 'defense' therefore, and I nearly died in the pentacle.
As you know, my friend, the pentacle is a star formed by two equilateral triangles intersecting so as to form a six-pointed star.
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.