noun, plural phy·lac·ter·ies.
Origin of phylactery
Examples from the Web for phylactery
Historical Examples of phylactery
There is no phylactery against the poor opinion of one's grandchildren.The Book of This and That
"Entertainment for Pilgrims" ought to be bound round it as a sort of phylactery.Heriot's Choice
Rosa Nouchette Carey
Another 'phylactery' consisted of a tiny bag of hoddentin, holding a small quartz crystal and four feathers of eagle-down.The Myths of the North American Indians
Philemo once asked Rabbi (the Holy), "If a man has two heads, on which is he to put the phylactery?"
This phylactery, itself "medicine," may be employed to enwrap other "medicine" and thus augment its own potentiality.
noun plural -teries
Word Origin for phylactery
late 14c., "small leathern box containing four Old Testament texts," from Old French filatiere (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin philaterium, from Late Latin phylacterium "reliquary," from Greek phylacterion "safeguard, amulet," noun use of neuter of adjective phylakterios "serving as a protection," from phylakter "watcher, guard," from phylassein "to guard or ward off," from phylax (genitive phylakos) "guard," of unknown origin. Sometimes worn on the forehead, based on a literal reading of scripture:
Ye shall bind them [my words] for a sign upon your hands, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. [Deut. xi:18]