exedra

[ek-si-druh, ek-see-]
noun, plural exedrae [ek-si-dree, ek-see-dree] .
1.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) a room or covered area open on one side, used as a meeting place.
2.
a permanent outdoor bench, semicircular in plan and having a high back.
Also, exhedra.


Origin:
1700–10; < Latin: hall furnished with seats < Greek exédra (covered) walk with seats, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + (h)édra seat, bench

exedral, adjective
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exedra (ˈɛksɪdrə, ɛkˈsiː-)
 
n
1.  a building, room, portico, or apse containing a continuous bench, used in ancient Greece and Rome for holding discussions
2.  an outdoor bench in a recess
 
[C18: via Latin from Greek, from hedra seat]

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exedra

in architecture, semicircular or rectangular niche with a raised seat; more loosely applied, the term also refers to the apse (q.v.) of a church or to a niche therein.

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The exedra will be stuccoed to match the existing type and color of the other buildings.
He added a long, curving exedra bench to encourage visitors to sit and enjoy the statue and setting.
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