- serving to heat.
- a heated parlor or sitting room in a monastery.
Origin of calefactory
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Large portions also remain of the sacristy, chapterhouse, and calefactory.The Heart of Wessex
Leading out of it is the ancient "calefactory," where the fire for the censers and thuribles was preserved.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Winchester
Philip Walsingham Sergeant
Here is where the Calefactory stood in almost all the old Cistercian monasteries.Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth
- giving warmth
- a heated sitting room in a monastery
C16: from Latin calefactōrius, from calefactus made warm; see calefacient
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