periapt
noun Etymology: Middle French or Greek; Middle French periapte, from Greek periapton, from periaptein to fasten around (oneself), from peri- + haptein to fasten Date: 1584 amulet

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  • Periapt — Per i*apt, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? hung about, ? to hang about; ? about + ? to tie: cf. F. p[ e]riapte.] A charm worn as a protection against disease or mischief; an amulet. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] Now help, ye charming spells and periapts. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • periapt — [per′ē apt΄] n. [Fr périapte < Gr periapton < periaptein, to fit about, tie about < peri (see PERI ) + aptein, to fasten] AMULET …   English World dictionary

  • periapt — noun A charm worn on a necklace; an amulet. The occipital bone of an asses head in a skin is also a good periapt …   Wiktionary

  • periapt — /per ee apt /, n. an amulet. [1575 85; < Gk períapton amulet, n. use of neut. of períaptos hung around, equiv. to peri PERI + (h)aptós, verbid of háptein to fasten] * * * …   Universalium

  • periapt — peri·apt (perґe apt) [Gr. periapton amulet] something worn in the belief that it has power to ward off disease …   Medical dictionary

  • periapt — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A small object worn or kept for its supposed magical power: amulet, charm, fetish, juju, phylactery, talisman. See SUPERNATURAL …   English dictionary for students

  • periapt — perɪæpt n. mascot; amulet, talisman …   English contemporary dictionary

  • periapt — [ pɛrɪapt] noun archaic an item worn as a charm or amulet. Origin C16: from Fr. périapte, from Gk periapton, from peri around + haptein fasten …   English new terms dictionary

  • periapt — n amulet, charm, good luck charm, lucky piece, talisman, horse shoe, rabbit s foot, wishbone, Brit. merrythought; abraxas, phylactery, Judaism. tefillin, protector, preservative, safeguard; scarab, apotropaic, swastika, triskelion …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • periapt — per·i·apt …   English syllables

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