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Ciborium

κιβώριον). Properly the shell of the Egyptian bean-plant (colocasia), the bean itself being called κύαμος. These shells, and indeed the leaves, too, were made into drinking-cups, and were, no doubt, of the same shape as the original shell—broad at the top and becoming narrow towards the bottom. They were smooth and large (Homer Od. ii. 7Homer Od., 22), and often were wrought in a costly manner (Athen. xi. 477 e). No certain specimen of one can be given. In ecclesiastical Latin, ciborium means the vessel used to hold the Host, or consecrated wafer, during mass.

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