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terna

[ter-nuh, tur-] /ˈtɛr nə, ˈtɜr-/
noun, Roman Catholic Church
1.
a list of three names submitted to the pope as recommended to fill a vacant bishopric or benefice.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; short for New Latin terna nōmina three names together, feminine of ternus. See tern2
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