- a simple, carved image, especially one in which the original block of stone or wood is readily apparent.
Origin of xoanon
1700–10; < Greek xóanon carved image; akin to xeîn to scrape, carve
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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.
- a primitive image of a god, carved, esp originally, in wood, and supposed to have fallen from heaven
C18: from Greek, from xuō to scrape, smooth
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