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  1. (in many cathedrals and large churches) a stone screen which divides the nave and the choir, often supporting a gallery or loft
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Word Origin for pulpitum

C19: from Latin pulpitum a platform
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Examples from the Web for pulpitum

Historical Examples of pulpitum

  • It appears there were two screens, one called the Pulpitum and the other a stone screen supporting the rood-loft.

    The Cathedrals of Great Britain

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • How, I shall be asked, can the form of the bookcase or desk (pulpitum) be inferred from this catalogue?

    The Care of Books

    John Willis Clark

  • This loft was called in Latin the pulpitum, and it must not, as it often has been, be confounded with the pulpit to preach from.

  • The actors usually spoke in the central part, called logeum, or pulpitum.

    The Student's Mythology

    Catherine Ann White