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be•ma



Pronunciation: (bē'mu), [key]
n.,
pl. -ma•taPronunciation: (-mu-tu), [key] -mas.

1. Eastern Ch.the enclosed space surrounding the altar; the sanctuary or chancel.
2. (in a Christian basilica) an open space between the end of the nave arcade and the apse.
3. bimah.
4. a platform for public speaking.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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