suppedaneum

suppedaneum

[suhp-i-dey-nee-uhm]
noun, plural suppedanea [suhp-i-dey-nee-uh] .
a shelf affixed to a cross for supporting the feet of the crucified.

Origin:
1860–65; < Medieval Latin, noun use of neuter of Late Latin suppedāneus under the feet, equivalent to sup- sup- + ped- (stem of pēs) foot + -āneus (-ān(us) -an + -eus -eous)

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