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feretory

[ fer-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈfɛr ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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noun, plural fer·e·to·ries.

a container for the relics of a saint; reliquary.
an enclosure or area within a church where such a reliquary is kept.
a portable bier or shrine.

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Origin of feretory

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English fertre, feretory, firetree, from Old French fiertre, from Latin feretrum, from Greek phė́retron “bier, litter”
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British Dictionary definitions for feretory

feretory
/ (ˈfɛrɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries mainly RC Church

a shrine, usually portable, for a saint's relics
the chapel in which a shrine is kept
C14: from Middle French fiertre, from Latin feretrum a bier, from Greek pheretron, from pherein to bear
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