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n. pl. an·te·pen·di·a (-dē-ə)
A decorative hanging for the front of an altar, lectern, or pulpit.

[Medieval Latin : Latin ante-, ante- + pendēre, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -dia (-dɪə)
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a covering hung over the front of an altar
[C17: from Medieval Latin, from Latin ante- + pendēre to hang]
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(ˌæn tiˈpɛn di əm)

n., pl. -di•a (-di ə)
a decorative hanging or panel for the front of an altar; frontal.
[1690–1700; < Medieval Latin; see ante-, pend, -ium1]
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Siiski on imekombel alles uks Liivi soja eelsest ajast parit tekstiil: kaupmees Lutke van Oyteni kingitud antependium (altari esikulje kate), mis oli kootud Madalmaades ja mille ta kinkis Olevistele arvatavasti millalgi parast seda, kui temast sai 1553.
(3.) For the artistic patronage of Flines in the sixteenth century, see Pearson, 1995, where nine panel paintings, two illuminated manuscripts, a leaf from a gradual, and an antependium are tied to the convent through abbesses' coats of arms (catalog on 402-37).