haikal

noun
hai·​kal | \ ˈhīˌkäl, ˈhāˌ- \
plural -s

Definition of haikal

1 : a sanctuary of a Coptic church cut off from the nave by a screen and containing three altars
2 : the main altar

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History and Etymology for haikal

Syriac haykal & Hebrew hēkhāl, from Assyro-Babylonian ēkallu, from Sumerian e gal temple, palace, from e house + gal great

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“Haikal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haikal. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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