A rabbit's foot is an example of a talisman.
Origin of talisman
- Ultimately (probably via French talisman) from alteration of Arabic ṭilasmāt pl. of ṭilasm talisman from Late Greek telesma from Greek telein to fulfill, consecrate, endow with magic power from telos result kwel-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- French talisman partly from Arabic طلسم (ṭílasm), from Ancient Greek τέλεσμα (telesma, “payment"); and partly directly from Byzantine Greek τέλεσμα (telesma, “talisman, religious rite, completion"), from τελέω (teleō, “to perform religious rites, to complete"), from τέλος (telos, “end, fulfillment, accomplishment, consummation, completion").