noun be·ma \ˈbē-mə\

Definition of bema

  1. 1 :  the usually raised part of an Eastern church containing the altar

  2. 2 :  bimah

Origin and Etymology of bema

Late Latin & Late Greek; Late Latin, from Late Greek bēma, from Greek, step, tribunal, from bainein to go — more at come

First Known Use: 1683

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