Definitions for ciboriumsɪˈbɔr i əm, -ˈboʊr-; -ˈbɔr i ə, -ˈboʊr-
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A fixed vaulted canopy over a Christian altar, supported on four columns.
A covered receptacle for holding the consecrated wafers of the Eucharist.
a canopy usually standing free and supported on four columns, covering the high altar, or, very rarely, a secondary altar
the coffer or case in which the host is kept; the pyx
Origin: [LL., fr. L. ciborium a cup, fr. Gr. a seed vessel of the Egyptian bean; also, a cup made from its largeleaves, or resembling its seed vessel in shape.]
A ciborium is a vessel, normally in metal. It was originally a particular shape of drinking cup in Ancient Greece and Rome, but later used to refer to a large covered cup designed to hold hosts for, and after, the Eucharist, thus the equivalent for the bread of the chalice for the wine. The word is also used for a large canopy over the altar, which was a common feature of Early Medieval church architecture, now relatively rare.
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