xoanon

[ zoh-uh-non ]
/ ˈzoʊ əˌnɒn /
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noun, plural xo·a·na [zoh-uh-nuh] /ˈzoʊ ə nə/. Greek Antiquity.

a simple, carved image, especially one in which the original block of stone or wood is readily apparent.

Nearby words

  1. xn.,
  2. xnty,
  3. xnty.,
  4. xo,
  5. xo syndrome,
  6. xochimilco,
  7. xor,
  8. xosa,
  9. xp,
  10. xq

Origin of xoanon

1700–10; < Greek xóanon carved image; akin to xeîn to scrape, carve

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British Dictionary definitions for xoanon

xoanon

/ (ˈzəʊəˌnɒn) /

noun plural -na (-nə)

a primitive image of a god, carved, esp originally, in wood, and supposed to have fallen from heaven

Word Origin for xoanon

C18: from Greek, from xuō to scrape, smooth

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