n. pl. an·te·pen·di·a (-dē-ə)
A decorative hanging for the front of an altar, lectern, or pulpit.
[Medieval Latin : Latin ante-, ante- + pendēre, to hang; see (s)pen- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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