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noun (pl) -lae (-liː)
(RC Church) a small aperture in the front of an altar, containing relics
(ecclesiast) a niche in the side wall of a chancel, in which the credence or piscina are set
(architect) a small window or an opening in a wall
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C18: from Latin: a little window, from fenestra window
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  • But fenestella reverses the charge, contending that Terence was older than either of them.

  • Here we see the fenestella confessionis, by means of which pilgrims were allowed to behold and touch the venerable grave.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • I had the privilege of examining the actual grave December 1, 1891, lowering myself from the fenestella under the altar.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani

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