[ih-klee-zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
noun, plural ecclesiae [ih-klee-zhee-ee, -zee-ee] .
an assembly, especially the popular assembly of ancient Athens.
a congregation; church.

1570–80; < Latin < Greek ekklēsía assembly, equivalent to ékklēt(os) summoned (ek- ec- + klē-, variant of kal-, stem of kaleîn to call, + -tos past participle suffix) + -ia -ia Unabridged
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ecclesia (ɪˈkliːzɪə)
n , pl -siae
1.  (in formal Church usage) a congregation
2.  the assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Late Greek ekklēsia assembly, from ekklētos called, from ekkalein to call out, from kalein to call]

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