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deesis

[dee-ee-sis] /diˈi sɪs/
noun, plural deeses
[dee-ee-seez] /diˈi siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a representation in Byzantine art of Christ enthroned and flanked by the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist, often found on an iconostasis.
Origin
< Greek déēsis entreaty, equivalent to deē-, variant stem of déesthai to beg + -sis -sis
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