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[en-kohl-pee-uh n, -kol-pee-on] /ɛnˈkoʊl pi ən, -ˈkɒl piˌɒn/
noun, plural encolpia
[en-kohl-pee-uh, -kol-] /ɛnˈkoʊl pi ə, -kɒl-/ (Show IPA).
Eastern Church.
a pectoral medallion bearing the image of Christ or the Virgin Mary, worn by bishops.
Also, enkolpion.
Origin of encolpion
< Medieval Greek enkólpion; Greek, noun use of neuter of enkólpios of the bosom, equivalent to en- en-2 + kólp(os) bosom, lap + -ios adj. suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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