A container which held heat; sometimes it was shaped as a ball to warm the hands of a priest before the *eucharist, when it was known as a 'pome' (Fr. pomme = apple). Later, in the 16c, it was the heated room in a monastery. [< Lat. calefacto = to make warm]

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  • Calefactory — Cal e*fac to*ry, a. [L. calefactorius.] Making hot; producing or communicating heat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Calefactory — Cal e*fac to*ry, n. 1. (Eccl.) An apartment in a monastery, warmed and used as a sitting room. [1913 Webster] 2. A hollow sphere of metal, filled with hot water, or a chafing dish, placed on the altar in cold weather for the priest to warm his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calefactory — [kal΄ə fak′tə rē] adj. [LL calefactorius: see CALEFACTION] producing heat n. pl. calefactories [ML calefactorium] a heated common room in a monastery …   English World dictionary

  • calefactory — adjective serving to heat a heating pad is calefactory • Syn: ↑calefactive • Similar to: ↑hot …   Useful english dictionary

  • calefactory — noun (plural ries) Etymology: Medieval Latin calefactorium, from Latin calefacere to warm more at chafe Date: circa 1681 a monastery room warmed and used as a sitting room …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • calefactory — /kal euh fak teuh ree, fak tree/, adj., n., pl. calefactories. adj. 1. serving to heat. n. 2. a heated parlor or sitting room in a monastery. [1530 40; < LL calefactorius having a warming or heating power, equiv. to L calefac(ere) to make warm… …   Universalium

  • calefactory — 1. adjective warming 2. noun a) A room in a monastery that was kept warm and used as a sitting room b) A warming pan, or similar device used by a priest to warm his hands …   Wiktionary

  • calefactory — a monastery sitting room Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • calefactory — adj. calefactive, serving to heat, heating …   English contemporary dictionary

  • calefactory — cal·e·fac·to·ry …   English syllables

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