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n. pl. am·bries
1. Chiefly British A pantry.
2. A niche or cabinet, usually near the altar of a church, for keeping holy oil or other sacramental materials.

[Middle English almerie, place for safekeeping, from Old French almarie, from Medieval Latin almārium, from Latin armārium, closet, from arma, tools; see arm2.]


(ˈæmbrɪ) or


n, pl -bries
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a recessed cupboard in the wall of a church near the altar, used to store sacred vessels, etc
2. obsolete a small cupboard or other storage space
[C14: from Old French almarie, from Medieval Latin almārium, from Latin armārium chest for storage, from arma arms]


(ˈæm bri)

n., pl. -bries.
1. a recess or cupboard in a church for sacred vessels, vestments, etc.
2. Archaic. a closet, cupboard, or pantry.
[1200–1250; < Old French < Medieval Latin almārium, dissimilated variant of armārium < Latin: cupboard =arm(a) weapons, tools + -ārium -ary]


- Another word for a treasury, storehouse, place to keep things.
See also related terms for storehouse.
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Choosing the Right People for the Right Jobs (The Armarium Press; $14) by Richard Warner.
The retrospective includes one cabinet, Theatrum mundi: Armarium, 2001, created with Robert Williams (and using objects from Cambridge University): two large bookshelves--a human skeleton encased between--each of which organizes the world into eight hierarchical categories (according to the respective cosmologies of the early seventeenth-century English hermetic philosopher Robert Fludd, whose attention was drawn in particular to physical substances, and the Catalan medieval writer and philosopher Ramon Llull, who organized primarily in terms of cultural concepts).
11) Andreas Libavius, Tractatus duo physici: prior de impostoria vulnerum per unguentum armarium sanatione Paracelsicis usitata commendataque (Frankfurt, 1594).