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antependium

[an-tee-pen-dee-uh m] /ˌæn tiˈpɛn di əm/
noun, plural antependia
[an-tee-pen-dee-uh] /ˌæn tiˈpɛn di ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
the decoration of the front of an altar, as a covering of silk or a painted panel.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Medieval Latin; see ante-, pend, -ium
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antependium

/ˌæntɪˈpɛndɪəm/
noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə)
1.
a covering hung over the front of an altar
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin, from Latin ante- + pendēre to hang
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