This rabbit's foot is an example of a talisman.
A rabbit's foot is an example of a talisman.
- something, as a ring or stone, bearing engraved figures or symbols thought to bring good luck, keep away evil, etc.; amulet
- anything thought to have magic power; a charm
Origin of talismanFrench from Arabic ?ilasm, magic figure, horoscope from Medieval Greek telesma, consecrated object (hence, one with power to avert evil) from LGr, religious rite from Classical Greek telein, to initiate, origin, originally , to complete from telos, an end: see telo-
- An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
- Something that apparently has magic power.
Origin of talismanUltimately ( probably via French talisman ) from alteration of Arabic &tlowdot;ilasmāt pl. of &tlowdot;ilasm talisman from Late Greek telesma from Greek telein to fulfill, consecrate, endow with magic power from telos result ; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
French talisman partly from Arabic Ø·Ù„Ø³Ù… (á¹Ãlasm), from Ancient Greek Ï„ÎÎ»ÎµÏƒÎ¼Î± (telesma, “payment"); and partly directly from Byzantine Greek Ï„ÎÎ»ÎµÏƒÎ¼Î± (telesma, “talisman, religious rite, completion"), from Ï„ÎµÎ»ÎÏ‰ (teleÅ, “to perform religious rites, to complete"), from Ï„ÎÎ»Î¿Ï‚ (telos, “end, fulfillment, accomplishment, consummation, completion").