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Paten

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paten

1. A plate.

2. The place on which the consecrated bread is placed in the eucharist, or on which the host is placed during the mass. It is usually small, and formed as to fit the chalice, or cup, as a cover.

Alternative forms: patin, patine.

Origin: LL. Patina, patena, fr. L. Patina, patena, a pan; cf. L. Patere to be open, E. Patent, and Gr. A kind of flat dish: cf. F. Patene. Cf. Patina.