Definition of alectory in English:

alectory

noun

historical
  • A precious stone with magical properties, supposedly found in the gizzards of cockerels; = "cock-stone". Compare gizzard stone.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From classical Latin alectoria precious stone said to be found in the gizzards of cocks (Pliny) from Hellenistic Greek ἀλεκτορεία, use as noun (short for ἀλεκτορεὶα λίθος alectory stone) of feminine of ἀλεκτόρειος of a fowl from ancient Greek ἀλέκτωρ cock, lit. ‘defender’ + -ειος, suffix forming adjectives; compare -y.

Pronunciation

alectory

/əˈlɛkt(ə)ri/