from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A five-pointed star, often held to have magical or mystical significance, formed by five straight lines connecting the vertices of a pentagon and enclosing another pentagon in the completed figure. Also called pentagram.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pentagram, especially a physical one used for magical or mystical purposes.
- n. A pentagram enclosed within a circle, especially a physical one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A five-pointed star, also called a pentagram or pentalpha. See illustr. under pentalpha. Sometimes referring to a similar figure, such as the figure composed of two equilateral triangles intersecting so as to form a six-pointed star. It was used in early ornamental art, and also with superstitious import by the astrologers and mystics of the Middle Ages. The six-pointed star is more comonly called a
hexagram, or called Solomon's seal; it resembles the star of David (Magen David)
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Corrupt forms of pantofle.
- n. A mathematical figure used in magical ceremonies, and considered a defense against demons.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a star with 5 points; formed by 5 straight lines between the vertices of a pentagon and enclosing another pentagon
Medieval Latin *pentāculum : Greek penta-, penta- + Latin -culum, diminutive suff.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French pentacle ("a five-pointed star"), from Medieval Latin pentaculum. (Wiktionary)