can·​de·​la·​brum | \ ˌkan-də-ˈlä-brəm, sometimes -ˈla- How to pronounce candelabrum (audio) \
plural candelabra\ ˌkan-​də-​ˈlä-​brə , sometimes  -​ˈla-​ How to pronounce candelabra (audio) \ also candelabrums

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Even without a book or a guide, even after two millenniums of crumbling, the image of the seven-branched candelabrum — the Jewish menorah — is unmistakable on the inner wall of the Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum. David Laskin, New York Times, "Rome, Through the Eyes of Flavius Josephus," 28 Mar. 2018 Well, why not start with the basics: a menorah, the candelabrum that holds eight candles, one for each night of the Jewish holiday. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "8 Chic Hanukkah Gifts That Will Make You—And Your Bubbe—Happy," 12 Dec. 2017 The menorah, a candelabrum used during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, was made of glass and burned oil. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Brooklyn Blaze Kills Mother, Three of Her Children," 18 Dec. 2017 Kubitschek put a few new candles in the candelabrum, pressing them into the molten red wax of the old ones. James Angelos, New York Times, "The Prophet of Germany’s New Right," 10 Oct. 2017 To set the séance mood, a grapefruit-and-cucumber Tocca candle scented the air, as a candelabrum flickered dramatically on the piano. Ben Widdicombe, New York Times, "Young Socialites Conjure the Ghost of Leonard Bernstein at the Dakota," 24 June 2017 The air reeks of marijuana and beer as people climb up onto tables to dance and light their cigarettes on the candelabra chandeliers. Kristin Corpuz, Billboard, "Boston Calling Festival Wraps With Wild, Weird Sets From Major Lazer, Tool," 29 May 2017 Detail is everything in this entry, right down to the pipe-cleaner candelabra. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "2017 Pioneer Press Peeps Contest winners," 18 Apr. 2017 A spiraling, five-armed bronze candelabra on display could be a masterful Scandinavian work from the 1960s. Robert Taylor, The Mercury News, "‘Tomb Treasures’ document life, afterlife of Han dynasty’s elite," 21 Feb. 2017

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1811, in the meaning defined above

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can·​de·​la·​brum | \ ˌkan-də-ˈlä-brəm How to pronounce candelabrum (audio) , -ˈla-\
plural candelabra\ -​ˈlä-​brə , -​ˈla-​ \ also candelabrums

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