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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to a monogram found in the catacombs and in later use appearing in many forms, for example, or , and consisting of the first two letters, ΧΡ, of the Greek word ΧΡΙΣΤΟ*σ, Χριστός, Christ. Sometimes A (alpha) and Ω (omega) appear in the design. The date of its origin is unknown. The monogram appears with many variations and additions in royal signatures of the ninth and later centuries.

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