ciborium

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English[edit]

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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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References[edit]

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