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fenestella

noun plural -lae (-liː)
  1. RC Church a small aperture in the front of an altar, containing relics
  2. ecclesiast a niche in the side wall of a chancel, in which the credence or piscina are set
  3. architect a small window or an opening in a wall
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Word Origin for fenestella

C18: from Latin: a little window, from fenestra window
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Related Words for fenestella

bay, aperture, bow, fenestella, oriel, jalousie, dormer, casement, fenestration, fanlight, fenestra, lunette, skylight, porthole, lancet, lucarne, mullioned

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Historical Examples of fenestella

  • But Fenestella reverses the charge, contending that Terence was older than either of them.

    The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete

    C. Suetonius Tranquillus

  • I had the privilege of examining the actual grave December 1, 1891, lowering myself from the fenestella under the altar.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • Here we see the fenestella confessionis, by means of which pilgrims were allowed to behold and touch the venerable grave.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani