Word of the Day
- A charm or amulet.
- Among the primitive Christians, etc., a case in which were inclosed relics of the saints.
- In Jewish antiquity, an amulet consisting of a strip or strips of parchment inscribed with certain texts from the Old Testament, and inclosed within a small leather case, which was fastened with straps on the forehead just above and between the eyes, or on the left arm near the region of the heart.
This word comes from the Greek 'phulakterion,' guard's post, safeguard.
Quote of the DayTo suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I confess, absurd in the highest degree.
- Charles Darwin