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Solomon's seal

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noun
  1. a mystic or talismanic symbol in the form of an interlaced outline of either a five-pointed or six-pointed star.

Origin of Solomon's seal

First recorded in 1535–45

Solomon's-seal

[sol-uh-muh nz-seel]
noun
  1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Polygonatum, of the lily family, having a thick rootstock bearing seallike scars, greenish-yellow flowers, and red or blue berries.

Origin of Solomon's-seal

1535–45; translation of Medieval Latin sigillum Solomōnis
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British Dictionary definitions for solomon's seal

Solomon's seal

noun
  1. another name for Star of David
  2. any of several liliaceous plants of the genus Polygonatum of N temperate regions, having greenish or yellow paired flowers, long narrow waxy leaves, and a thick underground stem with prominent leaf scars

Word Origin

C16: translation of Medieval Latin sigillum Solomonis, perhaps referring to the resemblance of the leaf scars to seals
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