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  1. a five-pointed, star-shaped figure made by extending the sides of a regular pentagon until they meet, used as an occult symbol by the Pythagoreans and later philosophers, by magicians, etc.
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Origin of pentagram

From the Greek word pentágrammon, dating back to 1825–35. See penta-, -gram1
Related formspen·ta·gram·mat·ic [pen-tuh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˈpɛn tə grəˈmæt ɪk/, adjective
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  1. a star-shaped figure formed by extending the sides of a regular pentagon to meet at five points
  2. such a figure used as a magical or symbolic figure by the Pythagoreans, black magicians, etc
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Also called: pentacle, pentangle
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Word Origin and History for pentagram


"five-pointed star," 1820, from Greek pentagrammon, noun use of neuter of adj. pentagrammos "having five lines," from pente "five" (see five) + gramma "what is written" (see grammar).

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