propylaeum

propylaeum

[prop-uh-lee-uhm]
noun, plural propylaea [prop-uh-lee-uh] .
Often, propylaea. a vestibule or entrance to a temple area or other enclosure, especially when elaborate or of architectural importance.
Also, propylon.


Origin:
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

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propylaeum or propylon (ˌprɒpɪˈliːəm, ˈprɒpɪˌlɒn)
 
n , pl -laea, -lons, -la
a portico, esp one that forms the entrance to a temple
 
[C18: via Latin from Greek propulaion before the gate, from pro-² + pulē gate]
 
propylon or propylon (ˌprɒpɪˈliːəm, ˈprɒpɪˌlɒn, -ˈliːə)
 
n
 
[C18: via Latin from Greek propulaion before the gate, from pro-² + pulē gate]

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