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dossal

or dos·sel

[dos-uh l]
noun
  1. Also dorsal. an ornamental hanging placed at the back of an altar or at the sides of the chancel.
  2. Archaic. dosser1(def 2).
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Origin of dossal

1650–60; < Medieval Latin dossale, for Latin dorsale, neuter of dorsālis, equivalent to dors(um) back + -ālis -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for dossel

dossal

dossel

noun
  1. an ornamental hanging, placed at the back of an altar or at the sides of a chancel
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Word Origin for dossal

C17: from Medieval Latin dossāle, neuter of dossālis, variant of dorsālis dorsal
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