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ziggurat [ˈzɪgʊˌræt], zikkurat, zikurat [ˈzɪkʊˌræt]
(Social Science / Archaeology) 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
[from Assyrian ziqqurati summit, height]
zig•gu•rat (ˈzɪg ʊˌræt) also zik•ku•rat (ˈzɪk-)
a brick temple tower built by the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, consisting of a number of successively receding stories giving the appearance of a series of terraces.
[1875–80; < Akkadian ziqquratu]
ziggurat - A tower in the form of a terraced pyramid.
See also related terms for tower.
Thesaurus Legend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
ziggurat [ˈzɪgʊræt] N → zigurat m
n → Zikkur(r)at f
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