[ sel-uh ]
/ ˈsɛl ə /

noun, plural cel·lae [sel-ee] /ˈsɛl i/. Architecture.

the principal enclosed chamber of a classical temple.
the entire central structure of a classical temple.

Origin of cella

1670–80; < Latin: storeroom, shrine, akin to cēlāre to hide; see conceal
Also called naos.
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/ (ˈsɛlə) /

noun plural -lae (-liː)

the inner room of a classical temple, esp the room housing the statue of a deityAlso called: naos

Word Origin for cella

C17: from Latin: room, shrine; see cell 1
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