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n. pl. ci·bo·ri·a (-bôr′ē-ə)
1. A vaulted canopy permanently placed over an altar.
2. A covered receptacle for holding the consecrated wafers of the Eucharist.
[Medieval Latin cibōrium, from Latin, a drinking cup, from Greek kibōrion, probably of Egyptian origin.]
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n, pl -ria (-rɪə)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a goblet-shaped lidded vessel used to hold consecrated wafers in Holy Communion
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a freestanding canopy fixed over an altar and supported by four pillars
[C17: from Medieval Latin, from Latin: drinking cup, from Greek kibōrion cup-shaped seed vessel of the Egyptian lotus, hence, a cup]
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ci•bo•ri•um(sɪˈbɔr i əm, -ˈboʊr-)
n., pl. -bo•ri•a (-ˈbɔr i ə, -ˈboʊr-)
1. a permanent canopy over an altar; baldachin.
2. a vessel for holding the consecrated bread or sacred wafers for the Eucharist.
[1645–55; < Latin: drinking-cup < Greek kibṓrion literally, the seed vessel of the Egyptian lotus, which the cup appar. resembled]
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