noun pat·era \ˈpatərə\

Definition of patera



  1. 1 :  an earthenware or metal saucer used by the ancient Romans for drinking and libations at sacrifices

  2. 2 :  a round or oval disk or medallion bearing an ornamental design in bas-relief or intaglio and often used in decoration of buildings or furniture

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Origin and Etymology of patera

Latin; akin to Latin patēre to lie open — more at fathom

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