terna

[ ter-nuh, tur- ]
/ ˈtɛr nə, ˈtɜr- /
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noun Roman Catholic Church.

a list of three names submitted to the pope as recommended to fill a vacant bishopric or benefice.

Origin of terna

1880–85; short for New Latin terna nōmina three names together, feminine of ternus. See tern2
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