Definition of ciborium in English:

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ciborium

Pronunciation: /səˈbôrēəm/

noun (plural ciboria /-ˈbôrēə/)

1A receptacle shaped like a shrine or a cup with an arched cover, used in the Christian Church for the reservation of the Eucharist.
Example sentences
  • Sometimes there are two dishes, a knight on a bier, a head in a dish, a stone, or a ciborium.
  • One of these formal tracings is color-coded according to the materials employed, and it details the contours and regulating lines for a silver-gilt ciborium.
  • In one of the more memorable scenes Huguette's religious advisers held a ciborium over Leonarde's head, and she was required to lower herself continually so that her head never rose above the Eucharist within it.
2A canopy over an altar in a church, standing on four pillars.
Example sentences
  • This polygonal stage overhangs the altar and thus serves as a monumental ciborium for liturgical activity below.
  • The four-sided capital, proposed here as part of a tomb niche, was more likely part of a freestanding ciborium or architectural support.
  • It was unified with the altar, its frame echoed the architecture of the building and in some cases, like the high altar in St Peter's, Rome, was given a ciborium.

Origin

Mid 16th century: via medieval Latin from Greek kibōrion 'seed vessel of the water lily or a cup made from it'. sense 1 is probably influenced by Latin cibus 'food'.

Words that rhyme with ciborium

auditorium, conservatorium, crematorium, emporium, moratorium, sanatorium, scriptorium, sudatorium, vomitorium

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ci·bo·ri·um

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