podia

podium

[poh-dee-uhm]
noun, plural podiums, podia [poh-dee-uh] .
1.
a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, for a public speaker, etc.
2.
Architecture.
a.
a low wall forming a base for a construction, as a colonnade or dome.
b.
a stereobate for a classical temple, especially one with perpendicular sides.
c.
the masonry supporting a classical temple.
d.
a raised platform surrounding the arena of an ancient Roman amphitheater having on it the seats of privileged spectators.
4.
a counter or booth, as one at an airport for handling tickets or dispensing information.
5.
Zoology, Anatomy. a foot.
6.
Botany. a footstalk or stipe.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin: elevated place, balcony < Greek pódion little foot, equivalent to pod- pod- + -ion diminutive suffix. See pew

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podium (ˈpəʊdɪəm)
 
n , pl -diums, -dia
1.  a small raised platform used by lecturers, orchestra conductors, etc; dais
2.  a plinth that supports a colonnade or wall
3.  a low wall surrounding the arena of an ancient amphitheatre
4.  zoology
 a.  the terminal part of a vertebrate limb
 b.  any footlike organ, such as the tube foot of a starfish
 
[C18: from Latin: platform, balcony, from Greek podion little foot, from pous foot]

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podium
1743, "raised platform around an ancient arena," also "projecting base of a pedestal," from L. podium "raised platform," from Gk. podion "foot of a vase," dim. of pous (gen. podos) "foot" (see foot). Meaning "raised platform at the front of a hall or stage" is from 1947.
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