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 for Limbus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Limbo \Lim"bo\ (l[i^]m"b[-o]), Limbus \Lim"bus\ (l[i^]m"b[u^]s),
     n. [L. limbus border, edge in limbo on the border. Cf. Limb
     border.]
     1. (Scholastic Theol.) An spiritual region where certain
        classes of souls were supposed to await the last judgment.
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              As far from help as Limbo is from bliss. --Shak.
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              A Limbo large and broad, since called
              The Paradise of fools.                --Milton.
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     Note: The limbus patrum was considered as a place for the
           souls of good men who lived before the coming of our
           Savior. The limbus infantium was said to be a similar
           place for the souls of unbaptized infants. To these was
           added, in the popular belief, the limbus fatuorum, or
           fool's paradise, regarded as a receptacle of all vanity
           and nonsense.
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     2. Hence: Any real or imaginary place of restraint or
        confinement; a prison; as, to put a man in limbo.
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     3. Hence: A state of waiting, or uncertainty, in which final
        judgment concerning the outcome of a decision is
        postponed, perhaps indefinitely; neglect for an indefinite
        time; as, the proposal was left in limbo while opponents
        and proponents refused to compromise.
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     4. (Anat.) A border or margin; as, the limbus of the cornea.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  limbus
      n 1: a border or edge of any of various body parts distinguished
           by color or structure

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