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stylobate

[stahy-luh-beyt] /ˈstaɪ ləˌbeɪt/
noun, Architecture, (in a classical temple)
1.
a course of masonry, part of the stereobate, forming the foundation for a colonnade, especially the outermost colonnade.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin stȳlobatēs, stȳlobata < Greek stȳlobátēs, equivalent to stȳlo- stylo-2 + -batēs (ba- (base of baínein to step) + -tēs agent suffix)
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stylobate

/ˈstaɪləˌbeɪt/
noun
1.
a continuous horizontal course of masonry that supports a colonnade
Word Origin
C17: from Latin stylobatēs, from Greek stulos pillar + -batēs, from bainein to tread, walk
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