mastaba

[mas-tuh-buh]
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; < Arabic maṣṭabah

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mastaba or mastabah (ˈmæstəbə)
 
n
a mudbrick superstructure above tombs in ancient Egypt from which the pyramid developed
 
[from Arabic: bench]
 
mastabah or mastabah
 
n
 
[from Arabic: bench]

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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.
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