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[prop-uh-lee-uh m] /ˌprɒp əˈli əm/
noun, plural propylaea
[prop-uh-lee-uh] /ˌprɒp əˈli ə/ (Show IPA)
Often, propylaea. a vestibule or entrance to a temple area or other enclosure, especially when elaborate or of architectural importance.
Also, propylon.
Origin of propylaeum
1700-10; < Latin < Greek propýlaion gateway, noun use of neuter of propýlaios before the gate, equivalent to pro- pro-2 + pýl(ē) gate + -aios adj. suffix Unabridged
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noun (pl) -laea (-ˈliːə), -lons, -la
a portico, esp one that forms the entrance to a temple
Word Origin
C18: via Latin from Greek propulaion before the gate, from pro-² + pulē gate
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