amphithyron

[ ahm-fee-thee-rawn; English am-fith-uh-ron ]
/ ɑmˈfi θi rɔn; English æmˈfɪθ əˌrɒn /

noun, plural am·phi·thy·ra [ahm-fee-thee-rah; English am-fith-er-uh], /ɑmˈfi θi rɑ; English æmˈfɪθ ər ə/, am·phi·thy·rons.

Greek Orthodox Church. a divided curtain in front of the door of the iconostasis.

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Also am·phi·thu·ra [am-fuh-thoor-uh], /ˌæm fəˈθʊər ə/, .

Origin of amphithyron

First recorded in 1930–35; from Greek amphíthyron “hall,” neuter noun use of adjective amphíthyros “having a door on both sides, having a double entrance,” equivalent to amphi- prefix meaning “around, on both sides” + -thýron, from thýr- stem of thýra “door” + neuter noun and adjective suffix -on ; see amphi-, door
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