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megaron

[meg-uh-ron] /ˈmɛg əˌrɒn/
noun, plural megara
[meg-er-uh] /ˈmɛg ər ə/ (Show IPA),
megarons. (in pre-Hellenic Greek architecture)
1.
a building or semi-independent unit of a building, generally used as a living apartment and typically having a square or broadly rectangular principal chamber with a porch, often of columns in antis, and sometimes an antichamber or other small compartments.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Greek mégaron (in Homer) the principal living quarters of a palace
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megaron

/ˈmɛɡəˌrɒn/
noun (pl) -ra (-rə)
1.
a tripartite rectangular room containing a central hearth surrounded by four pillars, found in Bronze Age Greece and Asia Minor
Word Origin
from Greek, literally: hall, from megas large
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