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[mo-nop-tuh-ron, moh-] /mɒˈnɒp təˌrɒn, moʊ-/
noun, plural monoptera
[mo-nop-ter-uh, moh-] /mɒˈnɒp tər ə, moʊ-/ (Show IPA)
a classical building having a single outer colonnade surrounding a central structure or a courtyard.
Also called monopteros.
Origin of monopteron
1700-10; noun use of neuter of Latin monopteros < Greek monópteros, equivalent to mono- mono- + -pteros -pterous Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for monopteron


noun (pl) -teroi (-təˌrɔɪ), -tera (-tərə)
a circular classical building, esp a temple, that has a single ring of columns surrounding it
Derived Forms
monopteral, adjective
Word Origin
C18: Late Latin from Greek, from mono- + pteron a wing
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