stoa

stoa

[stoh-uh]
noun, plural stoas, stoai [stoh-ahy] , stoae [stoh-ee] .
Greek Architecture. a portico, usually a detached portico of considerable length, that is used as a promenade or meeting place.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Greek stoá

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stoa (ˈstəʊə)
 
n , pl stoae, stoas
a covered walk that has a colonnade on one or both sides, esp as used in ancient Greece
 
[C17: from Greek]

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stoa
"portico," c.1600, from Gk. stoa "colonnade, corridor," from PIE *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
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