patera

noun
pat·​era | \ ˈpatərə \
plural paterae\ -​əˌrē \

Definition of patera

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

Latin; akin to Latin patēre to lie open

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“Patera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patera. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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