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

  • n. See cella.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The inner part of a Greek temple; it contained a statue of the appropriate deity surrounded by a colonnaded portico; it gave rise to the Roman cella

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A term used by modern archæologists instead of cella. See cella.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In archaeology, a temple, as distinguished from hieron, a shrine (chapel) or sanctuary (in this latter sense not necessarily implying the presence of any edifice).
  • n. In architecture, the inclosed chamber or cella of an ancient temple, where were placed the statue and a ceremonial altar of the divinity.

Etymologies

Greek dialectal nāos, temple, shrine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ναός (naos, "inner part of the temple"). (Wiktionary)

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