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Meaning of cathedra

ca•the•dra

Pronunciation: (ku-thē'dru, kath'i-), [key]
— pl. -drae
  1. the seat or throne of a bishop in the principal church of a diocese.
  2. an official chair, as of a professor in a university.
  3. an ancient Roman chair used by women, having an inclined, curved back and curved legs flaring outward: the Roman copy of the Greek klismos.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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