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rotunda

[roh-tuhn-duh] /roʊˈtʌn də/
noun
1.
a round building, especially one with a dome.
2.
a large and high circular hall or room in a building, especially one surmounted by a dome.
Origin of rotunda
1680-1690
1680-90; alteration of Italian rotonda, noun use of feminine of rotondo < Latin rotundus rotund
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rotunda

/rəʊˈtʌndə/
noun
1.
a building or room having a circular plan, esp one that has a dome
Word Origin
C17: from Italian rotonda, from Latin rotundus round, from rota a wheel
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n.

"round building," 1680s, from Italian rotonda, especially the Pantheon, from noun use of Latin rotunda, fem. of rotundus "round" (see rotund). Meaning "circular hall or room within a building" is from 1780.

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