hagioscope

hagioscope

[hag-ee-uh-skohp, hey-jee-]
noun
squint ( def 13 ).

Origin:
1830–40; hagio- + -scope

hagioscopic [hag-uh-skop-ik, hey-jee-] , adjective
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hagioscope (ˈhæɡɪəˌskəʊp)
 
n
architect another name for squint
 
hagioscopic
 
adj

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hagioscope

in architecture, any opening, usually oblique, cut through a wall or a pier in the chancel of a church to enable the congregation-in transepts or chapels, from which the altar would not otherwise be visible-to witness the elevation of the host (the eucharistic bread) during mass. Similar openings are sometimes furnished to enable an attendant to see the altar in order to ring a small bell at the appropriate intervals of the elevation of the Eucharist in preparation for communion or to permit someone in a vestry to notify the bell ringer. Hagioscopes are more common in England than in continental Europe.

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