ae·​dic·​u·​la | \ ē-ˈdi-kyə-lə \
variants: or less commonly aedicule or edicule \ ˈe-​də-​ˌkyül , ˈē-​ \
plural aediculae\ ē-​ˈdi-​kyə-​ˌlē \ also aedicules or edicules

Definition of aedicula

: a small structure used as a shrine : a niche for a statue usually used in plural

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First Known Use of aedicula

1672, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aedicula

borrowed from Latin aedicula, diminutive of aedēs, aedis “temple, (in plural) abode, house”

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“Aedicula.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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