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Thursday, February 28, 2013


\ZIG-oo-rat\ , noun;
(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.
The social structure of our summer world was as fixed and hard of climbing as a ziggurat.
-- John Banville, The Sea
After talking for a moment about the new strawberry bed, a kind of earthen ziggurat in the middle of the garden, Alice hung up, unable to tell them after all.
-- Jane Smiley, Duplicate Keys
Born in 1877, ziggurat is derived from the Assyrian ziqquratu meaning "height," or "pinnacle."
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