Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A word found on many seals, rings, urns, tombstones, etc., belonging to the early period of Christianity, and supposed to have a mystical reference to the name and office of Jesus Christ. See the etymology.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as ichthus.

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  • noun A stylized representation of a fish, used as a Christian symbol

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek ΙΧΘΥΣ (ikhthus, "fish"), which served as an acronym for Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous, "Jesus") Χριστός (Khristos, "Christ") Θεοῦ (Theou, "of God") Υἱός (Huios, "son") Σωτήρ (Sōtēr, "saviour").

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  • Also spelled ichthus, but I prefer the "y" version.

    March 27, 2007

  • Ichthys (Greek, transliterated and Latinized as ichthys, icthus, ichthus or ikhthus; ichthus), is the Ancient and Classical Greek word for "fish." In English it refers to a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish, said to have been used by early Christians as a secret symbol and now known colloquially as the "Jesus fish"

    _Wikipedia

    January 26, 2008