abraxas



abraxas defined in 1939 year

abraxas - Abraxas;
abraxas - A mystic word engraved on gems anciently worn, sometimes in rings, as amulets. Analogous to abracadabra, the word abraxas dates apparently from the time of the Gnostic Basilides, and the Greek letters composing it, used as numerical characters, represent the number 365, held by the Gnostics to symbolise the spiritual manifestations of the Supreme Deity, the number of worlds forming the universe, or the number of days in the solar year. Abraxas amulets, which often bear capricious symbols or figures, were largely imitated in medieval times. The word is said to be derived from the Coptic for Holy Name or the Hebrew Ha-Brachah, blessing. See Gnostics; consult also The Gnostics and their Remains, C. W. King, 1887.

abraxas defined in 1939 year

abraxas - Abraxas;
abraxas - A species of moth, best known as the magpie moth (Abraxas grossulariata), which destroys the leaves of bush fruit-trees. The grubs are pale in colour, with black spots, and arrive at the usual caterpillar stage in early summer. They are best dealt with when the fruit is in the early stages of formation, and may be destroyed by the employment of a mixture of lime and soot, after a heavy rain has fallen, when the foliage is wet. When full grown, the Abraxas moth is a little over one inch in length, pale buff in colour, with black spots.

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