American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pointed oval shape used in medieval Christian art as an aureole to surround a sacred figure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl. Art) A glory, or aureole, of oval shape, or composed of two arcs of circles usually represented as surrounding a divine personage. More rarely, an oval composed of two arcs not representing a glory; a solid oval, etc.
- New Latin vēsīca piscis : Latin vēsīca, bladder + Latin piscis, genitive of piscis, fish (from the resemblance in shape). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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