from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of Phylacterium.
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These amulets were styled _ligamenta_, _ligaturæ_, or _phylacteria_, by the writers of the early Middle Ages.
Moreover we know that the same St. Gregory sent to Theodolind, Queen of the Lombards, two phylacteria, -- the cases are still Preserved at
.... vel qui phylacteria conficit .... hi omnes et qui sunt similes his neque instruendi neque baptizandi sunt.
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