mensa

[ men-suh ]
/ ˈmɛn sə /

noun, plural men·sas, men·sae [men-see] /ˈmɛn si/ for 1, genitive men·sae for 2.

Also called altar slab, altar stone. the flat stone forming the top of the altar in a Roman Catholic church.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the Table, a southern constellation near Octans.

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Origin of mensa

First recorded in 1685–95, mensa is from the Latin word mēnsa table
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British Dictionary definitions for mensae (1 of 2)

Mensa1
/ (ˈmɛnsə) /

noun Latin genitive Mensae (ˈmɛnsiː)

a faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Hydrus and Volans and containing part of the Large Magellanic Cloud

Word Origin for Mensa

Latin, literally: the table

British Dictionary definitions for mensae (2 of 2)

Mensa2
/ (ˈmɛnsə) /

noun

an international society, membership of which is restricted to people whose intelligence test scores exceed those expected of 98 per cent of the population
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