Phylactery Phy*lac"ter*y, n.; pl. {Phylacteries}. [OE. filateri, OF. filatire, filatiere, F. phylact[`e]re, L. phylacterium, Gr. ?, fr. ? a watcher, guard, ? to watch, guard. Cf. {Philatory}.] 1. Any charm or amulet worn as a preservative from danger or disease. [1913 Webster]

2. A small square box, made either of parchment or of black calfskin, containing slips of parchment or vellum on which are written the scriptural passages Exodus xiii. 2-10, and 11-17, Deut. vi. 4-9, 13-22. They are worn by Jews on the head and left arm, on week-day mornings, during the time of prayer. --Schaff-Herzog Encyc. [1913 Webster]

3. Among the primitive Christians, a case in which the relics of the dead were inclosed. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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