Definitions

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  • n. A pentagram, so called for its resemblance to five alphas superimposed at different rotations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A five-pointed star, resembling five alphas joined at their bases; -- used as a symbol.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A five-pointed star; a pentacle. See pentacle, and cut under pentagram.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek πένταλφα, from πέντε (pente) and ἄλφα (alpha), five alphas.

Examples

  • Pythagoras called the pentagram the pentalpha, which is why there are so many Pentalpha lodges in modern Freemasonry.

    Veterans Today

  • This star is sometimes called the "pentalpha," as the crossing of its lines suggests five A's.

    The Worship of the Church and The Beauty of Holiness

  • The pentagram (pentacle or pentalpha) is considered by some western occultists to trace its esoteric significance to an astronomical observance of the pattern of Venus 'conjunctions with the Sun.

    The Freeman Perspective

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