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xyst

[zist] /zɪst/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greek and Roman architecture) a covered portico, as a promenade.
2.
(in an ancient Roman villa) a garden walk planted with trees.
Also, xystum, xystus.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin xystus garden terrace, shaded walk < Greek xystós a covered colonnade
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British Dictionary definitions for xyst

xyst

/zɪst/
noun
1.
a long portico, esp one used in ancient Greece for athletics
2.
(in ancient Rome) a covered garden walk or one lined with trees
Word Origin
C17: from Latin xystus, from Greek xustos, literally: smoothed, polished (area), from xuein to scrape, make smooth
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