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dossal

or dossel

[dos-uh l] /ˈdɒs əl/
noun
1.
Also, dorsal. an ornamental hanging placed at the back of an altar or at the sides of the chancel.
2.
Archaic. dosser1 (def 2).
Origin of dossal
1650-1660
1650-60; < Medieval Latin dossale, for Latin dorsale, neuter of dorsālis, equivalent to dors(um) back + -ālis -al1
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  • Sometimes a painting takes its place, or a dossal—a decorated curtain of as rich material as circumstances will allow.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester
British Dictionary definitions for dossal

dossal

/ˈdɒsəl/
noun
1.
an ornamental hanging, placed at the back of an altar or at the sides of a chancel
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin dossāle, neuter of dossālis, variant of dorsālisdorsal
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