paterissa

noun
pat·​er·​is·​sa | \ ˌpatəˈrisə \
plural -s

Definition of paterissa

Eastern Church
: a crosier surmounted by a small cross from whose base issue two serpents

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History and Etymology for paterissa

New Greek pateritsa, from Middle Greek pateriza, perhaps diminutive of Greek pater-, patēr father

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“Paterissa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paterissa. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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