from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In archaeology, marked with cup-like depressions, as cup-stones.
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As the site of the monastery was previously occupied by a temple of Apollo, and a grove sacred to Venus, where the inhabitants of the surrounding locality worshipped as late as the sixth century, -- to which circumstance Dante alludes, -- it is probable that the sacred mark on the rock may have belonged to the old pagan idolatry, and have been a cup-marked stone connected with sacrificial libations.
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