calvary


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Calvary \Cal"va*ry\ (k[a^]l"v[.a]*r[y^]), n. [L. calvaria a bare
   skull, fr. calva the scalp without hair. fr. calvus bald; cf.
   F. calvaire.]
   1. The place where Christ was crucified, on a small hill
      outside of Jerusalem. --Luke xxiii. 33.
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   Note: The Latin calvaria is a translation of the Greek
         krani`on of the Evangelists, which is an interpretation
         of the Hebrew Golgotha. --Dr. W. Smith.
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   2. A representation of the crucifixion, consisting of three
      crosses with the figures of Christ and the thieves, often
      as large as life, and sometimes surrounded by figures of
      other personages who were present at the crucifixion.
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   3. (Her.) A cross, set upon three steps; -- more properly
      called cross calvary.
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