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noun, plural xo·a·na [zoh-uh-nuh] /ˈzoʊ ə nə/. Greek Antiquity.
  1. a simple, carved image, especially one in which the original block of stone or wood is readily apparent.
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Origin of xoanon

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

  • Furthermore, position was determined by reference to the xoanon.

    Problems in Periclean Buildings

    G. W. Elderkin

  • The image borne in procession was clearly the xoanon which was brought by Pegasus from Eleutherae.

  • Other rich furniture is described, and a mode of divination by movements of a xoanon of Apollo.

British Dictionary definitions for xoanon


noun plural -na (-nə)
  1. a primitive image of a god, carved, esp originally, in wood, and supposed to have fallen from heaven
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Word Origin

C18: from Greek, from xuō to scrape, smooth
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