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[zoh-uh-non] /ˈzoʊ əˌnɒn/
noun, plural xoana
[zoh-uh-nuh] /ˈzoʊ ə nə/ (Show IPA).
Greek Antiquity.
a simple, carved image, especially one in which the original block of stone or wood is readily apparent.
Origin of xoanon
1700-10; < Greek xóanon carved image; akin to xeîn to scrape, carve Unabridged
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noun (pl) -na (-nə)
a primitive image of a god, carved, esp originally, in wood, and supposed to have fallen from heaven
Word Origin
C18: from Greek, from xuō to scrape, smooth
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