Definition for TAL'IS-MAN

TAL'IS-MAN, n. [Gr. τέλεσμα, tribute, or τελεσμὀς, accomplishment, both from τεμέω, to terminate. A term introduced into medicine by Apollonius of Lydana. Sprengel.]

  1. A magical figure cut or engraved under certain superstitious observances of the configuration of the heavens, to which wonderful effects are ascribed; or it is the seal, figure, character, or image of a heavenly sign, constellation, or planet, engraven on a sympathetic stone, or on a metal corresponding to the star, in order to receive its influence. The talismans of the Samothracians were pieces of iron, formed into images and set in rings, &c. They were held to be preservatives against all kinds of evils. Cyc. Talismans are of three kinds, astronomical, magical and mixed. Hence,
  2. Something that produces extraordinary effects; as, a talisman to destroy diseases. Swift.

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