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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church See monstrance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as monstrance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as monstrance.

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

  • n. (Roman Catholic Church) a vessel (usually of gold or silver) in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration

Etymologies

Medieval Latin ostēnsōrium, from Latin ostēnsus, past participle of ostendere, to show; see ostensible.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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