mastabah

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mastabah an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof "the Egyptian pyramids developed from the mastaba"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mastabah (Egyptology) A type of tomb, of the time of the Memphite dynasties, comprising an oblong structure with sloping sides (sometimes containing a decorated chamber, sometimes of solid masonry), and connected with a mummy chamber in the rock beneath.
    • Mastabah In Mohammedan countries, a fixed seat, common in dwellings and in public places.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. maƧtabah, a large stone bench