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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A raised shelf or stand on the back of an altar, suitable for holding objects; a predella or gradino.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A raised shelf or stand on the back of an altar, on which different objects can be placed; a predella or gradino.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small slab of stone consecrated and laid upon or let into the top of an altar which has not been consecrated, or which has no stone mensa: often used as a portable altar.
  • n. A piece of oak wood about six inches square, having a cross on one side and the figure of a patron saint on the other. It was blessed and incased in gold or silver. It was, in the middle ages, covered with a purple pall during certain celebrations. z

Etymologies

super- +‎ altar (Wiktionary)

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