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mastaba

[mas-tuh-buh] /ˈmæs tə bə/
noun
1.
an ancient Egyptian tomb made of mud brick, rectangular in plan with sloping sides and a flat roof.
2.
(in Islamic countries) a fixed bench, especially one of stone.
Also, mastabah.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Arabic maṣṭabah
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Examples for mastaba
  • Early tombs were cut into the bedrock and capped with a low mud-brick building known as a mastaba.
  • Constructed primarily of stone, it was significantly more durable than the mud mastaba.
British Dictionary definitions for mastaba

mastaba

/ˈmæstəbə/
noun
1.
a mudbrick superstructure above tombs in ancient Egypt from which the pyramid developed
Word Origin
from Arabic: bench
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