reliquaries

reliquary

[rel-i-kwer-ee]
noun, plural reliquaries.
a repository or receptacle for relics.

Origin:
1650–60; < Middle French reliquaire < Medieval Latin reliquiārium, equivalent to Latin reliqui(ae) remains (see relic) + -ārium -ary

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reliquary (ˈrɛlɪkwərɪ)
 
n , pl -quaries
a receptacle or repository for relics, esp relics of saints
 
[C17: from Old French reliquaire, from reliquerelic]

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reliquary
"receptacle for keeping relics," 1656, from Fr. reliquaire (14c.), from O.Fr. relique (see relic).
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