phylactery: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (fi-lak'tu-rē), [key]
— pl. -ter•ies.
- either of two small, black, leather cubes containing a piece of parchment inscribed with verses 4–9 of Deut. 6, 13–21 of Deut. 11, and 1–16 of Ex. 13: one is attached with straps to the left arm and the other to the forehead during weekday morning prayers by Orthodox and Conservative Jewish men.
- (in the early Christian church) a receptacle containing a holy relic.
- an amulet, charm, or safeguard against harm or danger.
- phylactery (Thesaurus)