noun, plural i·co·nos·ta·ses [ahy-kuh-nos-tuh-seez] /ˌaɪ kəˈnɒs təˌsiz/. Eastern Church.

a partition or screen on which icons are placed, separating the sanctuary from the main part of the church.

Also i·con·o·stas [ahy-kon-uh-stas] /aɪˈkɒn əˌstæs/.

Origin of iconostasis

From Medieval Greek, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at icono-, stasis
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iconostas (aɪˈkɒnəˌstæs)

noun plural iconostases (ˌaɪkəʊˈnɒstəˌsiːz, aɪˈkɒnəˌstæsɪz)

Eastern Churches a screen with doors and icons set in tiers, which separates the bema (sanctuary) from the nave

Word Origin for iconostasis

C19: Church Latin, from Late Greek eikonostasion shrine, literally: area where images are placed, from icono- + histanai to stand
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