hexagram

[hek-suh-gram]
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noun
  1. a six-pointed starlike figure formed of two equilateral triangles placed concentrically with each side of a triangle parallel to a side of the other and on opposite sides of the center.
  2. Geometry. a figure of six lines.

Origin of hexagram

First recorded in 1860–65; see origin at hexa-, -gram1
Related formshex·a·gram·moid, adjective, noun
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Related Words for hexagram

semester, hexad, sextet, hexagram, hexagon, sextuplet, hexahedron

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British Dictionary definitions for hexagram

hexagram

noun
  1. a star-shaped figure formed by extending the sides of a regular hexagon to meet at six points
  2. a group of six broken or unbroken lines which may be combined into 64 different patterns, as used in the I Ching
Derived Formshexagrammoid, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for hexagram
n.

1863 as a type of geometric figure, from hexa- + -gram. I Ching sense attested from 1882.

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