arca

noun

ar·​ca
ˈärkə
1
plural arcae
-ˌkī,
-ˌsē
[Latin] : a chest or strong box used in ancient times as a receptacle for money or valuables and also by early Christians for reserving the consecrated bread of the Eucharist
2
capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Arcidae) of bivalve mollusks comprising the ark shells and blood clams

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, chest, box

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“Arca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arca. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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