stauropegial

stauropegion

[stahv-raw-pee-yee-awn; English stav-roh-pee-jee-on]
noun, plural stauropegia [stahv-raw-pee-yee-ah; English stav-roh-pee-jee-uh] . Greek Orthodox Church.
(in an autocephalous church) a monastery subject directly to the primate.

Origin:
< Medieval Greek stauropḗgion, equivalent to Greek stauró(s) a cross + pēg(nýnai) to fix, fasten + -ion noun suffix

stauropegial [stav-roh-pee-jee-uhl] , adjective
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