\TAL-is-muh n, -iz-\
1. anything whose presence exercises a remarkable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions.
2. a stone, ring, or other object, engraved with figures or characters supposed to possess occult powers and worn as an amulet or charm.
Don Vicente took from his pocket the little Golden Hand. “Take this,” said he. “It is a talisman, the possessor of which can never lose his life, though the odds seem a hundred to one against him.
— Charles Gilson, “The Ghost of Carrickgore,” Boys’ Life, July 1937