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- n. Plural form of cancellus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. An interwoven or latticed wall or inclosure; latticework, rails, or crossbars, as around the bar of a court of justice, between the chancel and the nave of a church, or in a window.
- n.pl. The interlacing osseous plates constituting the elastic porous tissue of certain parts of the bones, esp. in their articular extremities.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Cross-pieces or reticulations forming a latticework or grating.
- In zoology and anatomy, the reticulations or intersections constituting cancellated structure or reticulated texture; a composition of many spaces bounded by lines or surfaces forming a network or lattice-like arrangement, such as the light, spongy, cancellated tissue of bones. The word is little used except for this kind of osseous texture, and the singular, cancellus, is not in use. See cancellate, .
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These walls were called cancelli, hence the English word "chancel".
(See ALTAR-CURTAIN) The altar was often encircled by railings of wood, or metal, called cancelli, or by low walls of marble slabs called tranennae.
Verum quia non est expressum de quantitate fenestrarum, ordino, quod maior fenestra duplicata in longitudine sex pedes habeat, spacium sive banca inter cancellos unius pedis et palmi, cancelli duplices ferrei et quadratis virgis ita stricti, ut ne ovum galline possit transmitti.
The pulpit was then introduced under Christian influence, which thus completely transformed the chair (_mimbar_) of the ancient Arab judges and rulers and made it a piece of church furniture; the Christian _cancelli_ or choir screens were adopted and the mosque was thus developed.
In the flat cranial bones the veins are large, very numerous, and run in tortuous canals in the diploic tissue, the sides of the canals being formed by thin lamellæ of bone, perforated here and there for the passage of branches from the adjacent cancelli.
The cancelli immediately beneath the anterior surface are arranged parallel with it.
The analogia, or reading desks for the Epistle and Gospel, remained at the sides of the choir, and were used for the same purpose as the ambo, which, as belonging to the choir, was considered a part of the cancelli and was chiefly used for reading or singing parts of the liturgy.
Durandus clearly distinguishes the pulpit from the cancelli and stalli of the choir.
The presbytery was separated from the rest of the church by rails (cancelli).
It was originally railed off by cancelli or lattice work, from which the name is derived.