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Sacrarium

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sacrarium A sort of family chapel in the houses of the Romans, devoted to a special divinity.
    • Sacrarium In a Christian church, the sanctuary.
    • Sacrarium The adytum of a temple.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sacrarium In Roman antiquity: Any sacred or consecrated retired place; any place where sacred objects were deposited, as that connected with the Capitoline temple where were kept the processional chariots; sometimes, a locality where a statue of an emperor was placed.
    • n sacrarium A sort of family chapel in private houses, in which the images of the Penates were kept.
    • n sacrarium That part of a church where the altar is situated; the sanctuary; the chancel.
    • n sacrarium In ornithology, the complex sacrum of any bird, consisting of dorsolumbar or lumbosacral and of urosacral vertebræ, as well as of sacrals proper. The sacrarium is ankylosed with the ilia and these with the ischia, in such manner that usually the sacrosciatic interval which exists in a mammal is converted into an iliosciatic foramen. Coues. See also cuts under epipleura and sacrum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sacrarium sā-krā′ri-um the part of a church where the altar is, the sanctuary: in ancient Rome, any sacred place, the place where the Penates were stored
    • n Sacrarium sā-krā′ri-um the complex sacrum of any bird.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. sacer, sacred

Usage

In literature:

SACRARIUM, C.I.L., XIV, 2900.
"A Study Of The Topography And Municipal History Of Praeneste" by Ralph Van Deman Magoffin
Below the sacrarium, on the north, are the tombs of the Elizabethan bishop, William Bradbridge, and that of Bishop Lacy (1420-55).
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter" by Percy Addleshaw
A stone screen now surrounds the sacrarium on three sides.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Carlisle" by C. King Eley
The Sacrarium black with men.
"The Children of Westminster Abbey" by Rose G. Kingsley
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