xyst

xyst

[zist]
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:
1655–65; < Latin xystus garden terrace, shaded walk < Greek xystós a covered colonnade

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xyst, xystus or xystos (zɪst, ˈzɪstəs)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from Latin xystus, from Greek xustos, literally: smoothed, polished (area), from xuein to scrape, make smooth]
 
xystus, xystus or xystos
 
n
 
[C17: from Latin xystus, from Greek xustos, literally: smoothed, polished (area), from xuein to scrape, make smooth]
 
xystos, xystus or xystos
 
n
 
[C17: from Latin xystus, from Greek xustos, literally: smoothed, polished (area), from xuein to scrape, make smooth]

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