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  • noun Any of various round designs, such as stylized rosettes, stars, or wheels, traditionally painted on barns by the Pennsylvania Dutch, either as decoration or as charms against misfortune or evil spells.

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  • noun paganism A protective symbol used in Heathenry comprising of a six petaled flower or star set within a circle.


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  • A form of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art: a painted round sign incorporating designs such as stylized stars, rosettes, wheels, and birds. Thought by some to be talismanic.

    November 21, 2007