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Amulet

Something worn, generally round the neck, as a charm. (Arabic, hamulet, that which is suspended.)

The early Christians used to wear amulets called Ichthus, fish; the word is composed of the initial letters of Iesos CHristos THeou Uios Soter (Jesus Christ, Son of God, our Saviour). (See Notarica.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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