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 Credat Judæus or Credat Judæus Apella.Crédit Fonoier (French). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cre’dence Table.
The table near the altar on which the bread and wine are deposited before they are consecrated. In former times food was placed on a credence-table to be tasted previously to its being set before the guests. This was done to assure the guests that the meat was not poisoned. The Italian credenza’re means to taste meats placed on the creden’za. (Italian, la credenza, a shelf or buffet; Greek, kreas, food.)   1

 Credat Judæus or Credat Judæus Apella.Crédit Fonoier (French). 


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