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vesica piscis

Line breaks: ves¦ica pis¦cis
Pronunciation: /ˌvɛsɪkə ˈpɪskɪs
 
, ˈviː-/

Definition of vesica piscis in English:

noun (plural vesicae piscis /ˈvɛsɪkiː, ˈviː-/)

A pointed oval figure used as an architectural feature and as an aureole enclosing figures such as Christ or the Virgin Mary in medieval art. Also called mandorla.
Example sentences
  • Here the central figure is unusually surrounded by the ovoid shape of the vesica piscis.
  • It was through the use of the vesica piscis that the artists and architects of the past, in both the East and West, were able to construct accurate geometric forms.
  • The first spot you will reach at the bottom of the garden is this vesica piscis shaped pool that has Chalice Well water flowing in to it through a series of flow forms.

Origin

Latin, literally 'fish's bladder'.

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