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Baldachin

also baldachino; noun plural: baldachins, also baldachinos

  1. A rich fabric of silk and gold brocade.
  2. A canopy of fabric carried in church processions or placed over an altar, a throne, or a dais.
  3. Architecture. A stone or marble structure built in the form of a canopy, especially over the altar of a church.
[Italian baldacchino, from Old Italian, from Baldacco, Baghdad.]

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition. Copyright 1991 by Columbia University Press.


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