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paten (plural patens)
- The plate used to hold the host during the Eucharist.
1980, Colin Thubron, Seafarers: The Venetians, page 41:
- An enameled miniature of Christ is set in the center of a jeweled alabaster paten, the plate that holds the bread during Communion services.
- (archaeology) Any shallow dish found in an archaeological site.
plate for the host during Eucharist
declension of paten
possessive forms of paten