- a similar figure, as a hexagram.
Origin of pentacle
Examples from the Web for 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.'
- another name for pentagram
Word Origin and History 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.