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Meaning of bezant

bez•ant

Pronunciation: (bez'unt, bi-zant'), [key]
— n.
  1. the gold solidus of the Byzantine Empire, widely circulated in the Middle Ages.
  2. (in Romanesque architecture) any of a number of disklike ornaments, similar in form to the classical patera, used esp. on the faces of archivolts.
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