piscina definition

  • noun:
    • Ecclesiastical A stone basin with a drain to carry away the water found in ceremonial ablutions.
    • A drained basin near a church's altar for disposal of water from liturgical ablutions.
    • a distinct segment nearby the altar in a church, containing a tiny basin for rinsing altar vessels.
    • A basin or tank, usually ornamental, as for a fountain or a bath; occasionally, a big shallow vase for ornamental fishes or aquatic plants; in addition, any container or cistern of moderate size.
    • Eccles., a stone basin, in old churches usually established within a canopied niche put near the altar, regularly receive the liquid where the priest washes his hands prior to the celebration regarding the eucharist, and washes the chalice following the celebration. Today seldom utilized in the sanctuary, but usually in sacristies.

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