Nar"thex (?), n. [L., giant fennel, Gr. .]

1. Bot.

A tall umbelliferous plant (Ferula communis). See Giant fennel, under Fennel.

2. Arch.

The portico in front of ancient churches; sometimes, the atrium or outer court surrounded by ambulatories; -- used, generally, for any vestibule, lobby, or outer porch, leading to the nave of a church.


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