altar stone


: a stone slab with a compartment containing the relics of martyrs that forms an essential part of a Roman Catholic altar

Examples of altar stone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike the English monument, Maryhill’s altar stone is positioned in line with the astronomical horizon instead of the midsummer sunrise – resulting in a three-degree difference from the original. oregonlive, 23 Sep. 2021 And on a famous altar stone from the site of Sak Nikte’, also in modern-day Guatemala, a queen known as Ix Naah Ek’ wore the helmet of the Maya god of war and stood atop a large battle palanquin, or platform, the size of a Macy’s parade float. Shannon Palus, Discover Magazine, 3 Feb. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of altar stone was in the 14th century

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“Altar stone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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