pentagram

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pentagram
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From Ancient Greek πεντάγραμμον (pentágrammon), noun form of the adjectives πεντάγραμμος (pentágrammos) and πεντέγραμμος (pentégrammos, five-lined, having five lines). Equivalent to penta + gram.

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  • Hyphenation: pen‧ta‧gram

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pentagram (plural pentagrams)

  1. 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; a 5/2 (or 5/3) star polygon.
    • 1871, W. J. C. Miller (editor), Mathematical Questions and Solutions, Volume XV, page 47,
      Prove that the circles so belonging to the 6 pentagrams formed by 6 lines meet in a point, and so on; the series of theorems being interminable.
    • 2007, Christopher Penczak, The Temple of High Witchcraft: Ceremonies, Spheres, and the Witches' Qabalah, page 345,
      The passive pentagrams of spirit are drawn first in the quarters of the passive elements—water and earth—and likewise followed by the appropriate traditional elemental pentagram.
    • 2012, John Barnes, Gems of Geometry, page 59,
      Four figures involve 12 pentagrams arranged as in the faces of a dodecahedron with their vertices touching.

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pentagram n (singular definite pentagrammet, plural indefinite pentagrammer)

  1. pentagram

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