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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cella (Arch) The part inclosed within the walls of an ancient temple, as distinguished from the open porticoes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cella The room or chamber which formed the nucleus of an ancient Greek or Roman temple and contained the image of the deity, as distinguished from the additional rooms, porticos, etc., often combined with the cella to form the complete temple. The word is now often applied to the corresponding part of the temples of other peoples, as of the ancient Egyptians. Also cell.
    • n cella In anat., biol., and zoology, a cell; a cellula.
    • n cella A hole or hollow formed at the foot of a waterfall or rapid by the continued action of the water.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cella sel′a the body of the temple, as distinguished from the portico, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

It consisted of a cella, surrounded by a peristyle.
"A Smaller History of Greece" by William Smith
From the steps leading to the cella of the sanctuary a procession, whose length seemed endless, came towards them.
"Cleopatra, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Old Jason, at the same time, was standing before the little grove beside the steps leading to the cella.
"Complete Short Works" by Georg Ebers
About five eighths of a Doric temple were occupied by the cella, and three eighths by the portico.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume III" by John Lord
In ancient Greece the temple had been erected for the god, and the statue dwelt within the cella like a master in his house.
"Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3" by John Addington Symonds
The tour began at Winsen, then came Cella.
"The World's Great Men of Music" by Harriette Brower
Behind the cella, another niche contained a statue of Bacchus, who was, perhaps, the same god as Osiris.
"The Wonders of Pompeii" by Marc Monnier
The cella is decorated without with a frieze, and within with pillars and arcading.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The statue of the virgin goddess, the work of Phidias, stood in the eastern chamber of the cella, and was composed of ivory and gold.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
It was simply a cold chamber, cella frigidaria.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The temple seems to have been hexastyle peripteral, but all trace of the cella has disappeared.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
It consisted of a cella, or sacred cell, in which stood the statue of the goddess, with one chamber (the treasury) behind.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
At Luxor the entire cella was rebuilt by Alexander.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
The reliefs of the frieze of the cella of the Parthenon enable us to form an idea of the procession.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
Jesu Cristo, me see ma poor broder in da cella 'ere, an' den me fader he come.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman
In the temples it is attached to the cella walls.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
For the western cella would then consist of three instead of two chambers.
"Problems in Periclean Buildings" by G. W. Elderkin
For the purposes of the church, an apse was built at the east end of the cella, and the entrance was moved to the west end.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith
The walls of the cella, or sanctuary of the temple, where they still remain, are immense.
"The Near East" by Robert Hichens
The picturesque campanile has an interesting relief below the cella of the bells.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey

In news:

New Year's Eve at Cella Bistro.
Cella Bistro in Schenectady, normally closed on Sunday, this month is serving dinner from 2 to 6 pm Sundays.
Cella to Present Smarty Jones' $5 Million Bonus Monday.
Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella wanted to do something big to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the racetrack that had been a part of his family since 1904.
When it stars in an exhibit at the Los Angeles gallery of Edward Cella Art + Architecture.