More about baetyl
Baetyl, “a sacred meteorite,” comes by way of Latin baetulus from Ancient Greek baítȳlos, “meteoric stone.” Baítȳlos is sometimes hypothesized to be of pre-Greek origin, meaning that it may be a borrowing from a long-lost language of the Mediterranean. However, a far more interesting (and likely) proposal is that baítȳlos comes from a Semitic source such as Hebrew bēth ’ēl (compare bethel) or Phoenician bēt ’l, both of which mean “house of god.” Phoenician bēt, “house,” is the origin of the Ancient Greek letter beta and, by extension, alphabet. Baetyl was first recorded in English in the early 1850s.
EXAMPLE OF BAETYL USED IN A SENTENCE
Though they may look to us simply like old, rugged stones, baetyls served a central purpose in ancient Mediterranean religions.