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Ci*bo"ri*um, n.: pl. Ciboria. Etym: [LL., fr. L. ciborium a cup, fr. Gr.
Defn: A canopy usually standing free and supported on four columns, covering the high altar, or, very rarely, a secondary altar.
2. (R. C. Ch.)
Defn: The coffer or case in which the host is kept; the pyx.
A ciborium is a golden vessel used for containing hosts. It is visually similar to the chalice, but the ciborium has a lid.
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