Definitions

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  • n. A kind of transparent reliquary with an ornamental top.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of transparent reliquary with an ornamental top.

Etymologies

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Old French filatiere, philatiere. See phylactery.

Examples

  • There was a philatory (a transparent reliquary) which contained all the bones of another saint, whom I've forgotten, but the bones were stacked in an asthetic way and wound with gold and pearls in a shrine (reliquary shaped like a house) made of glass and gold.

    Reliquaries: Saints Preserve(d for) Us!

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