noun, plural be·ma·ta /ˈbimətə/ [bee-muh-tuh] Show IPA , be·mas.
Eastern Church. the enclosed space surrounding the altar; the sanctuary or chancel.
(in a Christian basilica) an open space between the end of the nave arcade and the apse.
a platform for public speaking.
< Greek bêma
step, platform, equivalent to bē-
(verbid stem of baínein
to step, go; see come
) + -ma
(noun suffix denoting result of action)
is always a great word to know.
So is bezoar. Does it mean: