noun, plural antependia [an-tee-pen-dee-uh] .
the decoration of the front of an altar, as a covering of silk or a painted panel.

1690–1700; < Medieval Latin; see ante-, pend, -ium Unabridged
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antependium (ˌæntɪˈpɛndɪəm)
n , pl -dia
a covering hung over the front of an altar
[C17: from Medieval Latin, from Latin ante- + pendēre to hang]

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