from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tall umbelliferous plant (Ferula communis). See Giant fennel, under fennel.
- n. The portico in front of ancient churches; sometimes, the atrium or outer court surrounded by ambulatories; -- used, generally, for any vestibule, lobby, or outer porch, leading to the nave of a church.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A part of an early Christian or an Oriental church or basilica, at the end furthest from the bema or sanctuary, and nearest to the main entrance.
- n. In antiquity, a small box or casket for unguents or perfumes.
- n. An old genus of umbelliferous plants, now referred to Ferula. See asafetida.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. portico at the west end of an early Christian basilica or church
- n. a vestibule leading to the nave of a church
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