[ pah-nah-yee-ah ]
/ ˌpɑ nɑˈyi ɑ /

noun, plural Pa·na·gi·as for 1. Eastern Church.

a ceremony in a monastery, commemorating the assumption of the Virgin Mary, in which a loaf of bread on a plate is elevated before being distributed to the monks.
(lowercase) an encolpion bearing the image of the Virgin Mary.

Origin of Panagia

1680–90; < Late Greek Panágia the Virgin, feminine of Greek panágios all-holy, equivalent to pan- pan- + hágios holy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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