Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See pentacle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The shape of a five-pointed star constructed of five intersecting lines meeting at the vertices, such that a central pentagon and five surrounding isosceles triangles are formed; often with magical connotations.
  • n. a 5/2 star polygon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pentacle or a pentalpha.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A five-pointed or five-lobed figure, as the figure of a five-rayed star; specifically, the magic sign also called pentacle. See pentacle.
  • n. In geometry, a five-sided polygram.

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

Etymologies

From Greek πεντάγραμμον (pentagrammon), noun form of the adjectives πεντάγραμμος (pentagrammos) and πεντέγραμμος (pentegrammos), five-lined, having five lines. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The five sided star, known as a pentagram, is one of the most powerful yet misconceived symbolic representations of our modern times, although the shape has been around for thousands of years.

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  • It’s basically the same symbol, but the word pentagram usually refers to the symbol that’s drawn in the air during rituals, and it doesn’t have a circle around the star.

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  • You have pink satin pentagram pillows all over your house

    Morning Lyrics

  • “Are you aware that a five-pointed star is called a pentagram?”

    Salem Falls

  • The pentagram is a necessary part of any demon-raising ritual.

    City of Ashes

  • The ACLU argued that the pentagram is a symbol of religious faith, and as such, students must be allowed to wear it openly.

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  • “And that the pentagram is a symbol of pagan religions . . . the same groups that would have been celebrating Beltane the night of April thirtieth?”

    Salem Falls

  • At the heart of the pentagram was a huge slab of stone; probably native limestone.

    Jinx High

  • The pentagram is a five-sided solid figure, which in Christian art represents the five wounds Christ received at the Crucifixion.

    A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art

  • By producing each side of this latter figure the five-pointed star (fig. 9), known as the pentagram, is obtained.

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Comments

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  • What you may be missing here, Leximaniac, is that the list owner can do whatever he or she wants with whatever words he or she chooses. So the fact that you are talking about compound words made from three words may have no bearing on what the list owner wants to include.

    Of course, you're always free to start your own list with different rules. :-)

    March 24, 2010

  • We are actually talking about compound words made up from 3 words to form the end result. If we ascribe to bilby's notion then every word is multi-compound since each letter can be used to denote something else, even reference to pulp fiction novels. I mean come on... :)

    March 19, 2010

  • Yes, thanks.

    March 18, 2010

  • What about ta? Yes, no?

    March 18, 2010

  • There's also pent, as in "All my pent-up ridiculosityness bursts forth like an exploding toad whenever I come near Wordnik."
    Then there's Agra, which is a city in one of the (can't remember) curry countries.
    And finally there's M, which is a number for telephonic murder services.
    Easy.

    March 18, 2010

  • Is pen not a word? Is tag not a word? Is ram not a word?

    March 18, 2010

  • How is this a 3 part word? This is made out of penta from "pente", meaning five in Greek and gram from "grammes", meaning lines (in Greek. There is no 3rd part in this word. Now if it was pentadiagram I could concurm since then we could say that the second part is the compound word diagram from diagramma (dia + gramma). I think "pentagram" should not be in this list though.

    March 18, 2010