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Epiphany

The time of appearance, meaning the period when the star appeared to the wise men of the East. The 6th January is the Feast of the Epiphany

The word is not special to Christianity. One of the names of Zeus was Epiphanes (the manifest one), and festivals in his honour were called “Epiphanies.” (Greek, epi-phaino, to shine upon, to be manifest [in creation].)

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