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

  Tabernacle \Tab"er*na*cle\, n. [F., fr. L. tabernaculum, dim. of
     taberna nut. See Tabern.]
     1. A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a
        tent.
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              Dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob. --Heb.
                                                    xi. 9.
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              Orange trees planted in the ground, and secured in
              winter with a wooden tabernacle and stoves.
                                                    --Evelyn.
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     2. (Jewish Antiq.) A portable structure of wooden framework
        covered with curtains, which was carried through the
        wilderness in the Israelitish exodus, as a place of
        sacrifice and worship. --Ex. xxvi.
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     3. Hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for
        worship. --Acts xv. 16.
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     4. Figuratively: The human body, as the temporary abode of
        the soul.
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              Shortly I must put off this my tabernacle. --2 Pet.
                                                    i. 14.
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     5. Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or
        precious things was deposited or kept. Specifically: 
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        (a) The ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the
            consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or
            movable.
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        (b) A niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred
            painting or sculpture.
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        (c) Hence, a work of art of sacred subject, having a
            partially architectural character, as a solid frame
            resting on a bracket, or the like.
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        (d) A tryptich for sacred imagery.
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        (e) A seat or stall in a choir, with its canopy.
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     6. (Naut.) A boxlike step for a mast with the after side
        open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under
        bridges, etc.
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     Feast of Tabernacles (Jewish Antiq.), one of the three
        principal festivals of the Jews, lasting seven days,
        during which the people dwelt in booths formed of the
        boughs of trees, in commemoration of the habitation of
        their ancestors in similar dwellings during their
        pilgrimage in the wilderness.
  
     Tabernacle work, rich canopy work like that over the head
        of niches, used over seats or stalls, or over sepulchral
        monuments. --Oxf. Gloss.
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