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xoanon Line breaks: xoa¦non
Pronunciation: /ˈzəʊənɒn/

Definition of xoanon in English:

noun (plural xoana ˈzəʊənə)

(In ancient Greece) a primitive wooden image of a deity.
Example sentences
  • The statues are both xoana, and they say that they were set up by the women from the Thermodon.
  • With an entrance of six elegant and ornate Ionic columns and its cella, which housed the xoanon of Athena, it appears to be united to the cella of the west chamber.


Early 18th century: from Greek; related to xein 'carve'.

Words that rhyme with xoanon

noumenon • Trianon

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