Wafer vs Ciborium - What's the difference?

wafer | ciborium |


As nouns the difference between wafer and ciborium

is that wafer is a light, thin, flat biscuit while ciborium is a fixed vaulted canopy over a christian altar, supported on four columns.

As a verb wafer

is to seal or close with a wafer.

wafer

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A light, thin, flat biscuit.
  • (religion) A thin disk of consecrated unleavened bread used in communion.
  • A soft disk originally made of flour, and later of gelatin or a similar substance, used to seal letters, attach papers etc.
  • * 1749 , (Henry Fielding), Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 202:
  • The house supplied him with a wafer for his present purpose, with which, having sealed his letter, he returned hastily towards the brook side, in order to search for the things which he had there lost.
  • (electronics) A thin disk of silicon or other semiconductor on which an electronic circuit is produced.
  • Derived terms

    * waferless * waferlike * wafery

    Synonyms

    * (religion) host

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To seal or close with a wafer.
  • ----

    ciborium

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • A fixed vaulted canopy over a Christian altar, supported on four columns.
  • A covered receptacle for holding the consecrated wafers of the Eucharist.
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