Hermes-trismegistus definition

trĭsmə-jĭstəs, trĭz-
Hermes as identified with the Egyptian god Thoth, the legendary author of works on alchemy, astrology, and magic.
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(proper, person) Legendary ancient Egyptian author of a body of esoteric writings of the 1st-3rd cent. a.d. on cosmogony, the soul, magic, etc.
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Origin of hermes-trismegistus

  • Medieval Latin Hermēs Trismegistus from Greek Hermēs trismegistos Hermēs Hermes trismegistos thrice greatest (tris thrice trei- in Indo-European roots) (megistos greatest meg- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition