Histopedes (ἱστός, a mast of a ship, and πούς, a foot), a term applied to certain heretics, chiefly Eunomians, who baptized only the upper parts of the body as far as the breast, and this with the heels upward and the head downward (τοὺς πόδας ἄνω, καὶ τὴν κεφαλὴν κάτω). Hence the name Histopedes, orPederecti. See Epiphanius, Haeres. c. 79; Bingham, Orig. Eccles. bk. 40, chap. 11:§ 4.

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