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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A projecting ledge on the stalls in a church where persons might lean whilst standing during prayers; misericord.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the stalls of the lower range where there are two ranges. See Illust. of stall.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as miserere, 2.
  • n. plural In Roman law, the lower seats where the judices and inferior magistrates sat in judgment.

Etymologies

Originates 1695–1705 from Latin subsellia (low seat or bench), from sub- (under) + sella (seat). (Wiktionary)

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