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cella

[sel-uh] /ˈsɛl ə/
noun, plural cellae
[sel-ee] /ˈsɛl i/ (Show IPA).
Architecture
1.
the principal enclosed chamber of a classical temple.
2.
the entire central structure of a classical temple.
Also called naos.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Latin: storeroom, shrine, akin to cēlāre to hide; see conceal
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cella

/ˈsɛlə/
noun (pl) -lae (-liː)
1.
the inner room of a classical temple, esp the room housing the statue of a deity Also called naos
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: room, shrine; see cell1
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