Talisman (Ar. tilasman, from late Gr. telesma, "mystery")
A charm or magical figure or word, such as the Abraxas, which is cut on metal or stone, under the influence of certain planets; it is supposed to be sympathetic, and to receive an influence from the planets which it communicates to the wearer.
In Arabia, a talisman consisting of a piece of paper, on which are written the names of the Seven Sleepers and their dog, to protect a house from ghosts and demons, is still used. In order to free any place of vermin, a talisman consisting of the figure of the obnoxious animal is made in wax or consecrated metal, in a planetary hour.
He swore that you had robbed his house,
And stole his talismanic louse.