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καμάρα) or Camĕra. Any arched or vaulted covering, and anything with such a covering. It is chiefly used in the following senses:


Of an arched roof which might be (a) an open trellis-work with creeping-plants, etc., trained over it; or (b) an arched or vaulted ceiling formed by semicircular bands or beams of wood, often gilded or fitted with plates of glass; or (c) a barrel-vault of solid stone-work, as that of the Tullianum prison at Rome. See Carcer.


Small boats used in early times by the people who inhabited the shores of the Euxine and the Bosporus, and so called from their broad, arched deck, described by Tacitus ( Hist. iii. 4).

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