[si-bawr-ee-uh m, -bohr-]
- 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.
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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Examples from the Web for ciborium
On the right of the entrance is a ciborium by Mino da Fiesole.Walks in Rome
Augustus J.C. Hare
The altar was protected by a canopy or ciborium resting on pillars.
The altar was wholly of gold, and its ciborium and the iconastasis were of silver.
Must the ciborium containing particles to be consecrated, be placed not merely on the corporal, but also on the altar stone?
What do you think—are the particles in a ciborium, left by inadvertence, outside the corporal during consecration consecrated?My New Curate
- 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
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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