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[pawr-ti-koh, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tɪˌkoʊ, ˈpoʊr-/
noun, plural porticoes, porticos.
a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers, usually attached to a building as a porch.
Origin of portico
1595-1605; < Italian < Latin porticus porch, portico. See port4 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -coes, -cos
a covered entrance to a building; porch
a covered walkway in the form of a roof supported by columns or pillars, esp one built on to the exterior of a building
Word Origin
C17: via Italian from Latin porticusporch
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c.1600, from Italian portico, from Latin porticus "colonnade, arcade, covered walk, porch," from porta "gate" (see port (n.1)). Especially of the Painted Porch in Athens.

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