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ziggurat

[zig-oo-rat] /ˈzɪg ʊˌræt/
noun
1.
(among the ancient Babylonians and Assyrians) a temple of Sumerian origin in the form of a pyramidal tower, consisting of a number of stories and having about the outside a broad ascent winding round the structure, presenting the appearance of a series of terraces.
Also, zikkurat, zikurat
[zik-oo-rat] /ˈzɪk ʊˌræt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Akkadian ziqquratu
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British Dictionary definitions for ziggurat

ziggurat

/ˈzɪɡʊˌræt/
noun
1.
a type of rectangular temple tower or tiered mound erected by the Sumerians, Akkadians, and Babylonians in Mesopotamia. The tower of Babel is thought to be one of these
Word Origin
C19: from Assyrian ziqqurati summit, height
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Word Origin and History for ziggurat
n.

1858, from Assyrian ziqquratu "height, pinnacle," from zaqaru "to be high."

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