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bema

[ bee-muh ]
/ ˈbi mə /
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noun, plural be·ma·ta [bee-muh-tuh], /ˈbi mə tə/, be·mas.
Eastern Church. the enclosed space surrounding the altar; the sanctuary or chancel.
(in a Christian basilica) an open space between the end of the nave arcade and the apse.
a platform for public speaking.
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Origin of bema

1675–85; <Greek bêma step, platform, equivalent to bē- (verbid stem of baínein to step, go; see come) + -ma (noun suffix denoting result of action)
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British Dictionary definitions for bema

bema

bimah or bima

/ (ˈbiːmə) /

noun
the speaker's platform in the assembly in ancient Athens
Eastern Orthodox Church a raised area surrounding the altar in a church; the sanctuary
Judaism another word for almemar

Word Origin for bema

C17: via Late Latin, from Greek bēma, from bainein to go
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