Pronunciation: (bez'unt, bi-zant'), [key]
1. Also,bezzant.the gold solidus of the Byzantine Empire, widely circulated in the Middle Ages.
2. Also,byzant.(in Romanesque architecture) any of a number of disklike ornaments, similar in form to the classical patera, used esp. on the faces of archivolts. Also,besant.
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