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bisellium

[bahy-sel-ee-uh m] /baɪˈsɛl i əm/
noun, plural bisellia
[bahy-sel-ee-uh] /baɪˈsɛl i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
an ancient Roman seat of honor for two persons.
Origin of bisellium
< Latin, equivalent to bi- bi-1 + sell(a) seat (cognate with settle2) + -ium -ium
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  • In the centre of the room is the bisellium, or chair of state, formed of bronze inlaid with silver.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • The bisellium of Faustus is shown in one of the end panels; in the other we see a ship sailing into port (Fig. 243).

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