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baldachin


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Baldachin  \Bal"da*chin\,  n.  [LL.  baldachinus  baldechinus  a 
  canopy  of  rich  silk  carried  over  the  host;  fr  Bagdad,  It 
  Baldacco  a  city  in  Turkish  Asia  from  whence  these  rich  silks 
  came:  cf  It  baldacchino  Cf  {Baudekin}.] 
  1.  A  rich  brocade;  baudekin.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  (Arch.)  A  structure  in  form  of  a  canopy,  sometimes 
  supported  by  columns,  and  sometimes  suspended  from  the 
  roof  or  projecting  from  the  wall;  generally  placed  over  an 
  altar;  as  the  baldachin  in  St  Peter's. 
 
  3.  A  portable  canopy  borne  over  shrines,  etc.,  in  procession. 
  [Written  also  {baldachino},  {baldaquin},  etc.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  baldachin 
  n  :  ornamented  canopy  supported  by  columns  or  suspended  from  a 
  roof  or  projected  from  a  wall  (as  over  an  altar) 




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