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bema

[bee-muh] /ˈbi mə/
noun, plural bemata
[bee-muh-tuh] /ˈbi mə tə/ (Show IPA),
bemas.
1.
Eastern Church. the enclosed space surrounding the altar; the sanctuary or chancel.
2.
(in a Christian basilica) an open space between the end of the nave arcade and the apse.
3.
4.
a platform for public speaking.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < Greek bêma step, platform, equivalent to bē- (verbid stem of baínein to step, go; see come) + -ma (noun suffix denoting result of action)
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bema

/ˈbiːmə/
noun
1.
the speaker's platform in the assembly in ancient Athens
2.
(Eastern Orthodox Church) a raised area surrounding the altar in a church; the sanctuary
3.
(Judaism) another word for almemar
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin, from Greek bēma, from bainein to go
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