patera definition

  • noun:
    • a diverse, superficial dish useful for consuming, mostly in a ritual context like a libation.
    • A circular decoration, resembling a dish, often worked in relief on friezes etc.
    • A saucerlike vessel of earthenware or metal, used by the Greeks and Romans in libations and sacrifices.
    • A circular decoration, resembling a dish, usually worked in relief on friezes, and so on.
    • A shallow, circular, saucer-like vessel used by the Romans for pouring libations in sacrificial rites. It corresponds to the Greek phiale.
    • In architecture, the representation of a set round meal in bas-relief, used as an ornament in friezes, etc.
    • Patera procedure. See process.

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