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abraxas Tweet Definition of abraxas Like Definition of abraxas on Facebook
noun
  1. (gnosticism) A mystical word used as a charm and engraved on gems among the ancients; also, a gem stone thus engraved. (wikipedia, Abraxas)
alectryomancy Tweet Definition of alectryomancy Like Definition of alectryomancy on Facebook
noun
  1. A form of divination in which the diviner observes a bird, several birds (or most preferably the white rooster or cockerel) pecking at grain that the diviner has scattered on the ground.
amaryllis Tweet Definition of amaryllis Like Definition of amaryllis on Facebook
noun
  1. The Belladonna Lilly
amphora Tweet Definition of amphora Like Definition of amphora on Facebook
noun (amphorae, pl2=amphoras)
  1. (countable) A two handled jar with a narrow neck that was used in ancient times to store or carry wine or oils.
archon Tweet Definition of archon Like Definition of archon on Facebook
noun
  1. a chief magistrate of ancient Athens
  • 1980: Hated by the archons of Athens for his fearless condemnation of municipal graft, he was hypocritically arraigned on a charge of corrupting Athenian youth. (Burgess, Earthly Powers)
    1. a ruler, head of state or other leader
1922: But neither the midwife"s lore nor the caudlectures saved him from the archons of Sinn Fein and their noggin of hemlock. (Joyce, Ulysses)
  1. (gnosticism) a supernatural being subordinate to the Demiurge
arena Tweet Definition of arena Like Definition of arena on Facebook
noun
  1. An enclosed area, often outdoor, for the presentation of sporting events or other spectacular events; earthen area, often oval, specifically for rodeos (N. America) or circular area for bullfights (esp. Hispanic America).
A large crowd filled the seats of the arena.
  1. The building housing such an area.
The arena is grey with white beams.
  1. (Ancient Rome) The sand-covered centre of an amphitheatre where contests were held.
The gladiators entered the arena.
  1. (Metaphorically) A place where important political or other events unfold.
The company was a player in the maritime insurance arena.

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