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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tall umbelliferous plant (Ferula communis). See Giant fennel, under fennel.
  • n. The portico in front of ancient churches; sometimes, the atrium or outer court surrounded by ambulatories; -- used, generally, for any vestibule, lobby, or outer porch, leading to the nave of a church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A part of an early Christian or an Oriental church or basilica, at the end furthest from the bema or sanctuary, and nearest to the main entrance.
  • n. In antiquity, a small box or casket for unguents or perfumes.
  • n. An old genus of umbelliferous plants, now referred to Ferula. See asafetida.

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

  • n. portico at the west end of an early Christian basilica or church
  • n. a vestibule leading to the nave of a church

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