baldacchin

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From French baldaquin, Italian baldacchino, from Baldacco (Baghdad).

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baldacchin (plural baldacchins)

  1. A rich, embroidered brocade used for clothing in the Middle Ages, the web being gold and the woof silk.
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  2. A canopy suspended over an altar or throne, originally made of this fabric; a ciborium.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 682:
      Bernini had already provided the chief coup de théâtre of the basilica's interior, the monumental bronze canopy or baldachino over the high altar and tomb of St Peter.

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