ciborium

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English[edit]

A ciborium (canopy)
A ciborium (receptacle)

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin cibōrium (drinking-cup), from Ancient Greek κιβώριον (kibṓrion, the Egyptian water-lily’s cupulate seed pod”, or “a drinking-cup fashioned therefrom).[1]

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Noun[edit]

ciborium (plural ciboriums or ciboria)

  1. A fixed vaulted canopy over a Christian altar, supported on four columns.
  2. A covered receptacle for holding the consecrated wafers of the Eucharist.
    • 1982, John Banville, The Newton Letter
      Michael came after her, solemnly bearing the teapot like a ciborium.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 ‖ciborium” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek κιβώριον (kibṓrion).

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Noun[edit]

cibōrium n (genitive cibōriī); second declension

  1. the seedvessel of sacred lotus which served as a drinking vessel with the Egyptians
  2. by extension, any drinking vessel approximating the shape of the seedcase of the sacred lotus
    • 23 BCE – 13 BCE, Horace, Odes II.7.21–23:
      Oblivioso levia Massico
      ciboria exple, funde capacibus
      unguenta de conchis!
      Fill the light goblets with wine from the Massicus that wreaks forgetfulness, slop salves from big shells!
  3. (Medieval Latin) a vaulted canopy over a Christian altar fixed on four columns
    Synonyms: umbrāculum, tegumen

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cibōrium cibōria
Genitive cibōriī cibōriōrum
Dative cibōriō cibōriīs
Accusative cibōrium cibōria
Ablative cibōriō cibōriīs
Vocative cibōrium cibōria

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