bemata

bema

[bee-muh]
noun, plural bemata [bee-muh-tuh] , bemas.
1.
Eastern Church. the enclosed space surrounding the altar; the sanctuary or chancel.
2.
(in a Christian basilica) an open space between the end of the nave arcade and the apse.
4.
a platform for public speaking.

Origin:
1675–85; < Greek bêma step, platform, equivalent to bē- (verbid stem of baínein to step, go; see come) + -ma (noun suffix denoting result of action)

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bema, bimah or bima (ˈbiːmə)
 
n
1.  the speaker's platform in the assembly in ancient Athens
2.  Eastern Orthodox Church a raised area surrounding the altar in a church; the sanctuary
3.  Judaism another word for almemar
 
[C17: via Late Latin, from Greek bēma, from bainein to go]
 
bimah, bimah or bima
 
n
 
[C17: via Late Latin, from Greek bēma, from bainein to go]
 
bima, bimah or bima
 
n
 
[C17: via Late Latin, from Greek bēma, from bainein to go]

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