Pronunciation: (bē'mu), [key]
—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.
4. a platform for public speaking.
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