ciborium

[si-bawr-ee-uhm, -bohr-]
noun, plural ciboria [si-bawr-ee-uh, -bohr-] .
1.
a permanent canopy placed over an altar; baldachin.
2.
any container designed to hold the consecrated bread or sacred wafers for the Eucharist.
3.
Archaic. a severy.

Origin:
1645–55; < Latin: drinking-cup < Greek kibṓrion literally, the seed vessel of the Egyptian lotus, which the cup apparently resembled

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ciborium (sɪˈbɔːrɪəm)
 
n , pl -ria
1.  a goblet-shaped lidded vessel used to hold consecrated wafers in Holy Communion
2.  a freestanding canopy fixed over an altar and supported by four pillars
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin, from Latin: drinking cup, from Greek kibōrion cup-shaped seed vessel of the Egyptian lotus, hence, a cup]

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In churches, a ciborium is usually kept in a tabernacle or aumbry.
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