[fer-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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noun, plural fer·e·to·ries.
  1. a container for the relics of a saint; reliquary.
  2. an enclosure or area within a church where such a reliquary is kept.
  3. a portable bier or shrine.
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noun plural -ries mainly RC Church
  1. a shrine, usually portable, for a saint's relics
  2. the chapel in which a shrine is kept

Word Origin for feretory

C14: from Middle French fiertre, from Latin feretrum a bier, from Greek pheretron, from pherein to bear
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