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exedra

[ek-si-druh, ek-see-] /ˈɛk sɪ drə, ɛkˈsi-/
noun, plural exedrae
[ek-si-dree, ek-see-dree] /ˈɛk sɪˌdri, ɛkˈsi dri/ (Show IPA)
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
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin: hall furnished with seats < Greek exédra (covered) walk with seats, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + (h)édra seat, bench
Related forms
exedral, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exedral

exedra

/ˈɛksɪdrə; ɛkˈsiː-/
noun
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
Word Origin
C18: via Latin from Greek, from hedra seat
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Encyclopedia Article for exedral

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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