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A charm worn as protection against mischief and disease; an amulet.
[French périapte, from Greek periapton, from periaptos, hung around : peri-, peri- + haptos, fastened (from haptein, to fasten).]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) rare a charm or amulet
[C16: via French from Greek periapton, from peri- + haptos clasped, from haptein to fasten]
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[1575–85; < Greek períapton amulet, n. use of neuter of períaptos hung around =peri- peri- + (h)aptós, v. adj. of háptein to fasten]
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A charm or amulet worn to protect the wearer against evil.
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