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Pronunciation: (chap'lit), [key]
1. a wreath or garland for the head.
2. a string of beads.
3. Rom. Cath. Ch.
a. a string of beads, one-third of the length of a rosary, for counting prayers.
b. the prayers recited over this.
4. Archit.a small molding carved to resemble a string of beads; astragal.
5. Metall.an object for separating the core of a mold from a wall, composed of the same metal as the casting and forming an integral part of it.

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

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