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patera Syllabification: pat·er·a
Pronunciation: /ˈpadərə/

Definition of patera in English:

noun (plural paterae-ərē)

1A broad shallow dish used in ancient Rome for pouring libations.
Example sentences
  • Originally, he may have been pouring a libation from a patera, as is common in similar sacrifice scenes belonging to this iconographic topos.
  • The Bath patera can be seen in the Roman Baths Museum, and the Amiens patera in the Musée de Picardie-Amiens.
  • Other antiques included an enamelled patera that might have been anywhere between 100 and 150 years old when deposited, and glass vessels that had also seen long use.
1.1 Architecture A flat, round ornament resembling a shallow dish.
2A broad, shallow bowl-shaped feature on a planet’s surface.


Latin, from patere 'be or lie open'.

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