from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a foot-support for a crucified person, projecting from the base of the cross

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A projection or support under the feet of a person crucified: used with special reference to Christ or a crucifix.


From Late Latin suppedāneum, neuter of suppedāneus ("under the feet"), composed of sup- ("under") + ped- ("foot") + -aneus ("-aneous"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Or maybe he's looking for a succedaneum of the first definition.

    July 28, 2008

  • sionnach confirms his own definition. :-)

    July 28, 2008

  • a support for the feet of a crucified person, projecting from the vertical shaft of the cross.

    July 28, 2008

  • support for feet, especially on the cross during crucifixion .

    February 5, 2008