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[suh-kel-uh m, -sel-] /səˈkɛl əm, -ˈsɛl-/
noun, plural sacella
[suh-kel-uh, -sel-uh] /səˈkɛl ə, -ˈsɛl ə/ (Show IPA)
a small chapel, as a monument within a church.
(in ancient Rome) a shrine open to the sky.
Origin of sacellum
1800-10; < Latin: shrine, derivative of sacer holy, sacred; for formation see castellum Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is the portal of its temple, through which alone we can gain access to the sacellum where its aporrheta are concealed.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry Albert G. Mackey
  • The gens had its own sacellum or chapel, and its own sacra or religious rites.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • These two appellations we have already found in the preceding quotations to be capellula and sacellum.

  • On the south slope of the latter are remains of a small temple or sacellum described by St Jerome.

  • In the early days of Rome many gentes had each their own sacellum for the performance of their religious rites.

    Ancient Society Lewis Henry Morgan

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