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sacellum

[suh-kel-uh m, -sel-] /səˈkɛl əm, -ˈsɛl-/
noun, plural sacella
[suh-kel-uh, -sel-uh] /səˈkɛl ə, -ˈsɛl ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a small chapel, as a monument within a church.
2.
(in ancient Rome) a shrine open to the sky.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; < Latin: shrine, derivative of sacer holy, sacred; for formation see castellum
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