abraxas definition

  • noun:
    • A mistaken transcription of Abrasax.
    • A mystical term utilized as a charm and etched on treasures on the list of ancients; additionally, a gem rock hence engraved.
    • In antiquity, a Gnostic amulet composed of an engraved gem, often bearing a mystical figure (which usually combines personal and brute kinds) and an unintelligible legend, but occasionally inscribed with the word Abraxas, either alone or associated a figure or a word related to Hebrew or Egyptian religion, as Iao, Sabaoth, Osiris. A mystical term utilized by the Gnostic supporters of Basilides to denote the Supreme Being, or, possibly, its 365 emanations collectively, or the 365 sales of spirits occupying the 365 heavens.
    • Also written Abrasax.
    • A genus of lepidopterous insects, associated with family members Geometrid√¶, containing the big magpie-moth, Abraxas grossulariata.

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