n. pl. am·bries
1. Chiefly British A pantry.
2. A niche or cabinet, usually near the altar of a church, for keeping holy oil or other sacramental materials.
[Middle English almerie, place for safekeeping, from Old French almarie, from Medieval Latin almārium, from Latin armārium, closet, from arma, tools; see ARM2.]
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