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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church A receptacle in which the host is held. Also called ostensorium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ornamental, often precious receptacle, either open or with a transparent cover, in which the consecrated host is placed for veneration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A transparent pyx, in which the consecrated host is exposed to view.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, originally, any receptacle in which sacred relics were held up to view; after the fourteenth century, restricted to the transparent or glass-faced shrine in which the consecrated host is presented for the adoration of the people, either while being carried in procession or when exposed on the altar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. proof by a process of argument or a series of proposition proving an asserted conclusion
  • n. (Roman Catholic Church) a vessel (usually of gold or silver) in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin mōnstrantia, from Latin mōnstrāns, mōnstrant-, present participle of mōnstrāre, to show, from mōnstrum, portent, monster; see monster.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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