(from Lat. piscis, fish). Originally, an artificial reservoir for fish or swimming; by adaptation the term is used for a basin or niche in the sanctuary well near the altar, with drain, for liturgical ablutions and disposal of water used in ceremonies; some use it also for disposal of wine left in chalice after Communion.
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