Definition of patera in English:


Line breaks: pat¦era
Pronunciation: /ˈpat(ə)rə

noun (plural paterae /-riː/)

  • 1A broad, shallow dish used in ancient Rome for pouring libations.
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    • 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 the surface of a planet.


Latin, from patere 'be or lie open'.

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