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bal·da·chin(bôl′də-kĭn, băl′-) also bal·da·chi·no (băl′də-kē′nō)
n. pl. bal·da·chins also bal·da·chi·nos
1. A rich fabric of silk and gold brocade.
a. A canopy of fabric carried in church processions or placed over an altar, throne, or dais.
b. A structure having the form of a canopy, usually built of stone or bronze, over the altar of a church.
[Italian baldacchino, from Old Italian, from Baldacco, Baghdad (where rich brocade was woven in medieval times).]
1. (Textiles) a richly ornamented silk and gold brocade
2. (Architecture) a canopy of fabric or stone over an altar, shrine, or throne in a Christian church or carried in Christian religious processions over an object of veneration
[Old English baldekin, from Italian baldacchino, literally: stuff from Baghdad, from Baldacco Baghdad, noted for its brocades]
or bal•da•quin(ˈbæl də kɪn, ˈbɔl-) also
bal•da•chi•no(ˌbæl dəˈki noʊ)
n., pl. -nos.
1. a silk brocade woven or embroidered with gold threads.
2. a permanent ornamental canopy above an altar, throne, etc.
3. a canopy carried in religious processions.
[1590–1600; < Italian baldacchino, derivative of Baldacc(o) Baghdad]