One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An item worn as a charm or amulet.
juju, talisman, charm, amuletView synonyms
- ‘Doubtless her killers or abductors have not yet mastered the periapt, or our land and yours would feel its effects.’
- ‘Shouting strange words of power, and standing in his stirrups, he brought the ancient periapt to life, its eyes shining like twin suns.’
- ‘And do not let my wizard's robes and periapts deceive you!’
- ‘I desire to see the One who could so blacken those men's souls, for I can conceive of no more apt intent than that which contrived to abduct my Queen and the periapt that articulates the Will and the Soul of my people.’
- ‘His dreams were of wars vast and terrible, with great weapons and periapts of power.’
Late 16th century: from French périapte, from Greek periapton, from peri ‘around’ + haptein ‘fasten’.
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