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monstrance

[mon-struh ns] /ˈmɒn strəns/
noun, Roman Catholic Church
1.
a receptacle in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration.
Also called ostensorium, ostensory.
Origin of monstrance
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin mōnstrantia, equivalent to mōnstr(āre) to show (see muster) + -antia -ance
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monstrance

/ˈmɒnstrəns/
noun
1.
(RC Church) a receptacle, usually of gold or silver, with a transparent container in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin mōnstrantia, from Latin mōnstrāre to show
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