subpagoda

pagoda

[puh-goh-duh]
noun
1.
(in India, Burma, China, etc.) a temple or sacred building, usually a pyramidlike tower and typically having upward-curving roofs over the individual stories.
2.
any of several former gold or silver coins of southern India, usually bearing a figure of such a temple, first issued in the late 16th century and later also by British, French, and Dutch traders.

Origin:
1625–35; < Portuguese pagode temple ≪ Persian butkada (but idol + kada temple, dwelling)

pagodalike, adjective
subpagoda, noun
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pagoda (pəˈɡəʊdə)
 
n
an Indian or Far Eastern temple, esp a tower, usually pyramidal and having many storeys
 
[C17: from Portuguese pagode, ultimately from Sanskrit bhagavatī divine]

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pagoda
1582, from Port. pagode (1516), from a corruption of Pers. butkada, from but "idol" + kada "dwelling." Or perhaps from or infl. by Tamil pagavadi "house belonging to a deity," from Skt. bhagavati "goddess," fem. of bhagavat "blessed, adorable," from *bhagah "good fortune," from PIE base *bhag- "to share
out, apportion" (cf. Gk. phagein "to eat;" see -phagous).
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pagoda definition


A tower with several different stories, each of which has its own roof. Pagodas are common in eastern Asia and originally served religious purposes as memorials or shrines.

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