antependium

noun
an·te·pen·di·um | \ ˌan-ti-ˈpen-dē-əm \
plural antependiums or antependia\-dē-ə \

Definition of antependium 

: a hanging for the front of an altar, pulpit, or lectern

First Known Use of antependium

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antependium

Medieval Latin, from Latin ante- + pendēre to hang — more at pendant

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