noun (plural -teries) Etymology: Middle English philaterie, from Medieval Latin philaterium, alteration of Late Latin phylacterium, from Greek phylaktērion amulet, phylactery, from phylassein to guard, from phylak-, phylax guard Date: 14th century 1. either of two small square leather boxes containing slips inscribed with scriptural passages and traditionally worn on the left arm and on the head by observant Jewish men and especially adherents of Orthodox Judaism during morning weekday prayers 2. amulet

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  • Phylactery — may mean:* Phylactery, Greek term for tefillin, leather boxes worn on the arm and head during certain Jewish services * Phylactery, an amulet to protect the wearer from harm * Phylactery, in fantasy fiction, an object used by a lich to contain… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • phylactery — index reminder Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • phylactery — late 14c., small leathern box containing four O.T. texts, from O.Fr. filatiere (12c.), from L.L. phylacterium reliquary, from Gk. phylacterion safeguard, amulet, properly neuter of adjective phylakterios serving as a protection, from phylakter… …   Etymology dictionary

  • phylactery — [fi lak′tər ē] n. pl. phylacteries [ME filaterie < ML phylaterium < LL(Ec) phylacteria (used for Heb tefilin, pl. of tefila, prayer < root pll, to pray, entreat < Gr phylaktērion, a safeguard < phylassein, to defend, guard >… …   English World dictionary

  • phylactery — phylacteric /fil ak ter ik/, phylacterical, adj. phylacteried, adj. /fi lak teuh ree/, n., pl. phylacteries. 1. Judaism. either of two small, black, leather cubes containing a piece of parchment inscribed with verses 4 9 of Deut. 6, 13 21 of Deut …   Universalium

  • phylactery — noun /fɪˈlaktəɹi/ a) Either of the two small leather cases, containing biblical scrolls, worn by Jewish men at morning prayer; the tefilla. They sett abroade there philateris, and make large borders on there garmenttes, and love to sytt… …   Wiktionary

  • phylactery — Synonyms and related words: Agnus Dei, Holy Grail, Host, Pieta, Sanctus bell, Sangraal, amulet, ark, asperger, asperges, aspergillum, bambino, beadroll, beads, candle, censer, chaplet, charm, ciborium, cross, crucifix, cruet, eucharistial, fetish …   Moby Thesaurus

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

  • phylactery — fɪ læktÉ™rɪ n. small leather case containing Scriptural texts which is worn by Jews during morning prayers …   English contemporary dictionary

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