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.

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  6. cellae,
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  8. cellar dwellers,
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  10. cellar sash

Origin of cella

1670–80; < Latin: storeroom, shrine, akin to cēlāre to hide; see conceal

Also called naos.

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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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