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hexagram

Syllabification: hex·a·gram
Pronunciation: /ˈheksəˌɡram
 
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Definition of hexagram in English:

noun

1A figure formed of six straight lines, in particular.
1.1A star-shaped figure formed by two intersecting equilateral triangles.
Example sentences
  • In 1876 Veronese was appointed as assistant in analytical geometry on the strength of his paper on Pascal's hexagram.
  • The hexagram, the well-known Hindu symbol of a six-pointed star, is also known as the Star of David or Jewish Star, and can be used to symbolise Israel or Jews.
  • I went to the blackboard and drew the yin-yang symbol and the hexagram.
1.2Any of a set of sixty-four figures made up of six parallel whole or broken lines, occurring in the ancient Chinese I Ching.
Example sentences
  • Sixty-four different combinations of six broken or unbroken lines produce sixty-four different hexagrams.
  • The I Ching, oriental mysticism, is based on sixty-four hexagrams.
  • The meanings of the hexagrams were divined many years ago by Chinese philosopher-priests in tune with the Tao (Chinese for path or way).

Origin

mid 19th century: from hexa- 'six' + Greek gramma 'line'.

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