from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A charm worn as protection against mischief and disease; an amulet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A charm worn on a necklace; an amulet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A charm worn as a protection against disease or mischief; an amulet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An amulet; a charm worn as a defense against disease or mischief, especially one worn on the person, as around the neck.
The periapt is a vital neck slot item which serves as a much needed alternative to the "amulet", "necklace" or "pendant".
It is apodeictic that, while perhaps obscure, words like "skirr" and "periapt" serve uniquely expressive purposes and cannot be subrogated by other, more commonplace words.
They created a unique artifact -- part radio, part recording and playback device, part ... hypnotic periapt, tuned to sniffer brainwaves: the Contequar.
Some periapt lost in ancient times and just now resurfacing.
Almost instantly I discovered that my uncle's periapt was missing.
Perhaps the problem affords nothing in the way of evidence, but I hesitated to go to the police and have the pawn-shops watched, because I do not really know that my uncle's periapt has as much actual value as it has intrinsic value to me.
Pons closed the door behind him, shutting out our client's curious sister, and went directly over to the periapt.
Manifestly Pons had made up his mind to find the purloined periapt, for he smiled and suggested, "Perhaps we ought just to run out to your home and look around a little in the hope of discovering the lost amulet."
But I know my uncle's periapt was on my bureau when I went into the bathroom, and it was not there when I came out.
"So that anyone could have walked into the house and taken the periapt?"