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noun \ ˈaps \

Definition of apse

1 :apsis 1
2 :a projecting part of a building (such as a church) that is usually semicircular in plan and vaulted

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Origin and Etymology of apse

Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin apsis, from Latin


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  • : a part of a church that is shaped like a half circle and that is usually at the east end of the building


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