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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The golden covering of the Ark of the Covenant, regarded as the resting place of God.
  • n. The throne of God.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The lid of the Ark of the Covenant, on which God is said to have been enthroned; taken to represent the throne in heaven.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the golden cover or lid of the Ark of the Covenant. See Ark, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the golden covering of the ark of the covenant
  • n. the throne of God

Etymologies

From mercy + seat, after German Gnadenstuhl, translating Hebrew כַּפֹּרֶת (kappóreth) (= Hellenistic Greek ἱλαστήριον (Septuagint)/Latin propitiatorium (Vulgate)). (Wiktionary)

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