sacellum

noun sa·cel·lum \səˈkeləm, səˈse-\

Definition of sacellum

plural

sacella

\-lə\
  1. 1 :  a small monumental chapel in a church

  2. 2 :  an unroofed space in an ancient Roman building consecrated to a divinity

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Origin and Etymology of sacellum

Latin, pagan Roman sacellum, diminutive of sacrum sanctuary, sacred object, from neuter of sacer sacred


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