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kathisma

[Greek kah-theez-mah; English ka-thiz-muh] /Greek ˈkɑ θiz mɑ; English kæˈθɪz mə/
noun, plural kathismata
[Greek kah-theez-mah-tah; English ka-thiz-muh-tuh] /Greek kɑˈθiz mɑ tɑ; English kæˈθɪz mə tə/ (Show IPA)
1.
one of the 20 divisions of the Psalter in the Greek rite.
Also, cathisma.
Origin
< Medieval Greek, Greek káthisma seat, equivalent to kathís(is) a sitting (equivalent to kathid-, stem of kathízein to sit down (itself equivalent to kat- kat- + hízein to set, sit; see sit) + -sis -sis, with -ds- > -s-) + -ma agent suffix
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