peripteral

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj peripteral having columns on all sides
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Peripteral (Arch) Having columns on all sides; -- said of an edifice. See Apteral.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • peripteral In architecture, surrounded by a single range of columns: said especially of a temple in which the cella is surrounded by columns. See cut under opisthodomos.
    • n peripteral Any peripteral building, especially a Greek or Roman temple with columns on every side. Also peripteros. See cut at opisthodomus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Peripteral having a periptery or range of columns all round, said of a temple, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr., fr. + feather, wing, row of columns
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. peripterosperi, about, pteron, a wing.

Usage

In literature:

The temple was peripteral with 46 columns in its peristyle.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The temple seems to have been hexastyle peripteral, but all trace of the cella has disappeared.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
The form of the building is that known as amphiprostyle peripteral hexastyle.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith
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