from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the type genus of the family Arcidae, including ark shells and blood clams.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the early church: A chest for receiving offerings of money.
- n. A box or casket in which the eucharist was carried.
- n. A name given by St. Gregory of Tours to an altar composed of three marble tablets, one resting horizontally on the other two, which stand upright on the floor. Walcott, Sacred Archæol.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of asiphonate lamelli-branch mollusks, typical of the family Arcidæ (which see); the ark-shells proper.
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- n. type genus of the family Arcidae: ark shells and blood clams
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To the story of St. Dominic (which had already been treated in a masterly manner by Fra Guglielmo, in the "arca" at Bologna, and by
He cited a Mexican saying: "when the arca [vault] comes open, even the most honest will sin."
It is one of a list of such terms, including saccula, cella, arca, thesaurus, forulus, loculumenta, cubilia, and scrinium (to name but a few) ,22 that have been recently plumbed to reveal the depth and continuity of the lineage of architectural mnemonics in the craft of Western thought.
Note 303: To contemplate the heavenly Jerusalem, Augustine and Hugh of St. Victor withdrew in meditation to the secret cubiculo/arca contained in their hearts. back
Within the mental image of an arca Hugh nested properties of a storage chest, an apothecary's shop, the Ark of the Covenant, the Ark of Noah, and a walled city, equipping a student with a model of extended techniques for mnemonic meditation.
Note 151: De arca Noe morali, 1, 2; 176, 622B, as cited by Carruthers, Book of Memory, 44.
Within the most secret cell of your memory, the arca or cubiculum of your heart, your private meditations were trained toward the ethical objective of sancta memoria — to envision an ideal condition for living among others, and to translate from this ideal a practice of everyday life.
First, Hugh introduces the arca as being contained within oneself: "Children, knowledge [sapientia] is a treasury [thesaurus] and your heart is its strongbox [archa]."
Hugh of St. Victor, "De arca Noe morali," 4. 9.680B
If you looked at the volume in the morning on arca it was something like a hundred thousand.