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ciborium

[ si-bawr-ee-uhm, -bohr- ]
/ sɪˈbɔr i əm, -ˈboʊr- /
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noun, plural ci·bo·ri·a [si-bawr-ee-uh, -bohr-]. /sɪˈbɔr i ə, -ˈboʊr-/.

a permanent canopy placed over an altar; baldachin.
any container designed to hold the consecrated bread or sacred wafers for the Eucharist.
Archaic. a severy.

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Origin of ciborium

1645–55; <Latin: drinking-cup <Greek kibṓrion literally, the seed vessel of the Egyptian lotus, which the cup apparently resembled

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British Dictionary definitions for ciborium

ciborium
/ (sɪˈbɔːrɪəm) /

noun plural -ria (-rɪə) Christianity

a goblet-shaped lidded vessel used to hold consecrated wafers in Holy Communion
a freestanding canopy fixed over an altar and supported by four pillars

Word Origin for ciborium

C17: from Medieval Latin, from Latin: drinking cup, from Greek kibōrion cup-shaped seed vessel of the Egyptian lotus, hence, a cup
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