obelisk

[ob-uh-lisk]
noun
1.
a tapering, four-sided shaft of stone, usually monolithic and having a pyramidal apex.
2.
something resembling such a shaft.
3.
an obelus.
4.
Printing. dagger ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin obeliscus < Greek obelískos small spit, equivalent to obel(ós) spit, pointed pillar + -iskos diminutive suffix

obeliscal, adjective
obeliskoid, adjective
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obelisk (ˈɒbɪlɪsk)
 
n
1.  a stone pillar having a square or rectangular cross section and sides that taper towards a pyramidal top, often used as a monument in ancient Egypt
2.  printing another name for dagger
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek obeliskos a little spit, from obelos spit]
 
obe'liscal
 
adj
 
obe'liskoid
 
adj

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obelisk
"rectangular stone column, tapering at the top," 1569, from M.Fr. obélisque, from L. obeliscus "obelisk, small spit," from Gk. obeliskos, dim. of obelos "a spit, pointed pillar, needle."
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In the center of everything, this moderately priced hotel features a sweeping
  view of the historic obelisk.
The structure is a modern twist on a traditional obelisk.
Climbers also can try their skill at scaling the sides of the obelisk.
The obelisk bears the names of protesters killed during the uprising.
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