Origin of pentacle
Related Words for pentaclecinquefoil, pentangle, pentagram, quintuple, lustrum, cinque, quinquennium, quintuplet, pentagon, limerick, pentad, quincunx, quinquennial, quintuplicate
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Historical Examples of pentacle
But very remarkable, in the mid-roof, is the boss of the pentacle of Solomon.Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall
Robert S. Hawker
It was only a partial 'defense' therefore, and I nearly died in the pentacle.
Then, 'round him, I drew upon the floor the figure of a Pentacle, in chalk.
Like lightning, the thought sprang into my brain:—IT has crossed the Pentacle.
I felt happier then; for this Pentacle is, as you all know, a wonderful 'Defense.'
Word Origin for pentacle
1590s, from Medieval Latin pentaculum "pentagram," a hybrid coined from Greek pente "five" (see five) + Latin -culum, diminutive (or instrumental) suffix. OED notes other similar words: Italian had pentacolo "anything with five points," and French pentacle (16c.) was the name of something used in necromancy, perhaps a five-branched candlestick; French had pentacol "amulet worn around the neck" (14c.), from pend- "to hang" + a "to" + col "neck." The same figure as a pentagram, except in magical usage, where it has been extended to other symbols of power, including a six-point star. Related: Pentacular.