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n. pl. sto·as or sto·ae (stō′ē′)
An ancient Greek covered walk or colonnade, usually having columns on one side and a wall on the other.

[Greek, porch; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl stoae (ˈstəʊiː) or stoas
(Architecture) a covered walk that has a colonnade on one or both sides, esp as used in ancient Greece
[C17: from Greek]


(ˈstoʊ ə)

n., pl. sto•as, sto•ai (ˈstoʊ aɪ) sto•ae (ˈstoʊ i)
a portico, usu. detached and of considerable length, used as a promenade or meeting place in ancient Greece.
[1595–1605; < Greek stoá]


In Greek architecture, a covered colonnade or hall (often with shops) open on the colonnaded side and sometimes twostoried.
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