a monumental pile of earth or other material, in memory of Buddha or a Buddhist saint, and commemorating some event or marking a sacred spot.

1875–80; < Sanskrit stūpa Unabridged
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stupa (ˈstuːpə)
Also called: tope a domed edifice housing Buddhist or Jain relics
[C19: from Sanskrit: dome]

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Many of the dishes are encrusted with grey rice and in between the piles are little stupas of decaying vegetable matter.
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