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adytum

[ad-i-tuh m] /ˈæd ɪ təm/
noun, plural adyta
[ad-i-tuh] /ˈæd ɪ tə/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in ancient worship) a sacred place that the public was forbidden to enter; an inner shrine.
2.
the most sacred or reserved part of any place of worship.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < Latin < Greek ádyton (place) not to be entered, equivalent to a- a-6 + -dyton, neuter of -dytos, verbid of dýein to enter
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adytum

/ˈædɪtəm/
noun (pl) -ta (-tə)
1.
the most sacred place of worship in an ancient temple from which the laity was prohibited
Word Origin
C17: Latin, from Greek aduton a place not to be entered, from a-1 + duein to enter
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