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1Ancient History. The apartment of the pastophori in an Egyptian temple.
2Archaeology and Orthodox Church. Each of a pair of rooms in some churches, especially Byzantine ones, that are used as sacristies and usually flank the apse.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Chambers's Cyclopaedia. From post-classical Latin pastophorium priest's chamber in the temple at Jerusalem (Vetus Latina), priests' chamber in an Egyptian temple and its etymon Hellenistic Greek παστοϕόριον (also παστοϕορεῖον) priest's chamber in the temple at Jerusalem (Septuagint: Jeremiah 35:4, rendering Hebrew liškāh), priests' chamber in an Egyptian temple from παστοϕόρος + -ιον, suffix forming nouns.
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