1 a raised platform, usually surrounded by a barrier, set up in churches as the appointed place for preaching, leading in prayer, etc.
2 any similar raised structure, such as a lectern
3 a medium for expressing an opinion, such as a column in a newspaper
4 usually preceded by: the
a the preaching of the Christian message
b the clergy or their message and influence (C14: from Latin pulpitum a platform)
1 an E North American aroid plant, Arisaema triphyllum, having a leaflike spathe partly arched over a clublike spadix
2 (Brit) another name for →
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