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fylfot

[fil-fot]
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noun
  1. a swastika.
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Origin of fylfot

First recorded in 1490–1500; variant of fill-foot foot filler
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Historical Examples

  • Both the Greek fret and the fylfot appear to have been unknown to the Semitic nations as an ornament or as a symbol.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson

  • The gallows from which he is suspended forms a Tau cross, while the figure—from the position of the legs—forms a fylfot cross.

  • It is, I believe, generally admitted or supposed that the fylfot is of early Aryan origin.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson

  • In Ireland, however, and in Scotland, the fylfot seems to have marked Christian sepulchres.

    Evolution in Art

    Alfred C. Haddon

  • It was long ago remarked that the fylfot is almost exclusively an Aryan symbol.

    Evolution in Art

    Alfred C. Haddon


British Dictionary definitions for fylfot

fylfot

noun
  1. a rare word for swastika
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Word Origin

C16 (apparently meaning: a sign or device for the lower part or foot of a painted window): from fillen to fill + fot foot
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Word Origin and History for fylfot

n.

supposedly a native name for the swastika (used as a decorative device), but only attested in a single, damaged c.1500 manuscript, and there it may refer to any sort of device used to fill the bottom (foot) of a design. "[I]t is even possible that it may have been a mere nonce-word" [OED].

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