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n. pl. fer·e·to·ries
1. A receptacle to hold the relics of saints; a reliquary.
2. An area of a church in which reliquaries are kept.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fertre, from Latin feretrum, from Greek pheretron, from pherein, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -ries
1. (Roman Catholic Church) a shrine, usually portable, for a saint's relics
2. (Roman Catholic Church) the chapel in which a shrine is kept
[C14: from Middle French fiertre, from Latin feretrum a bier, from Greek pheretron, from pherein to bear]
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