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baldachin, baldac(c)hino (hist.) rich embroidered stuff XVI; canopy XVII. — It. baldacchino rich stuff, f. (with suffix -ino -INE1) Baldacco, It. form of Baghdad, where stuff was orig. made.

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baldachin, baldachino, baldacchino, baldaquin. Permanent canopy, especially over an altar, throne, or tomb, usually supported on columns. Compare ciborium.

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baldachin a ceremonial canopy of stone, metal, or fabric over an altar, throne, or doorway. Recorded from the late 16th century (denoting a rich brocade of silk and gold thread) the word comes ultimately from Italian Baldacco ‘Baghdad’, place of origin of the original brocade.