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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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Redeeming an ordinary building material for art and evoking enormous towers and ziggurats, the block pieces make explicit the artist's fascination with architecture, catalyzed during an early stmt as a draftsman for I.
Tchogha Zanbil is one of the few standing ziggurats remaining outside Mesopotamia.
However, not only are there differences in form and function between ziggurats and pyramids, but also ziggurats developed from superimposed terraces on which temples were built from prehistory throughout the Uruk period, and they existed already in Early Dynastic times.
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