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[prop-uh-luh] /ˈprɒp ə lə/
plural of propylon.


[prop-uh-lon] /ˈprɒp əˌlɒn/
noun, plural propyla [prop-uh-luh] /ˈprɒp ə lə/ (Show IPA)
Origin of propylon
1825-35; < Greek propýlon, equivalent to pro- pro-2 + pýl(ē) gate + -on neuter singular noun ending Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In keeping with the splendour of the temples on the summit of the Acropolis was the propyla, or great entrance, already mentioned.

    Greece J.A. McClymont
  • Neither the number of the propyla nor of the sphinxes is determined by any rule.

  • One of the propyla is entirely of granite, adorned with the most finished hieroglyphics.

  • Just outside the propyla was the small temple of Wingless Victory.

  • Already the incense was burning, already the cypress had been placed before the propyla of the Palatine.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • The great temple stands on the very summit of the Acropolis, elevated far above the propyla and the surrounding edifices.

  • They were generally placed in pairs at the entrances of temples, on each side of the propyla.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The base of its pedestal is still shown on the Acropolis between the propyla and the Erechtheum.

    Greece J.A. McClymont
  • Beyond these propyla, and filling the end of a third court, the palace proper appeared in its formidable majesty.

  • It faced the propyla and was much admired, being regarded as a proof how art can add to the nobility of noble men.

    Greece J.A. McClymont

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