cancelli

cancellus

[kan-sel-uhs]
noun, plural cancelli [kan-sel-ahy, -sel-ee] . Architecture.
1.
(in an early Christian basilica) one of a row of bars separating the clergy and sometimes the choir from the congregation.
2.
(in an ancient Roman basilica) one of a row of bars separating the court personnel from the spectators.
3.
cancelli, a screen of such bars.

Origin:
< Latin, equivalent to canc() grating (plural of cancer, apparently dissimilated form of carcer prison) + -ellus diminutive suffix

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cancellus can·cel·lus (kān-sěl'əs)
n. pl. can·cel·li (-lī')
A latticelike structure, such as spongy bone.

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