adytum

adytum

[ad-i-tuhm]
noun, plural adyta [ad-i-tuh] .
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:
1665–75; < 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)
 
n , pl -ta
the most sacred place of worship in an ancient temple from which the laity was prohibited
 
[C17: Latin, from Greek aduton a place not to be entered, from a-1 + duein to enter]

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