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hy·po·style

 (hī′pə-stīl′)
adj.
Having a roof or ceiling supported by rows of columns.
n.
A building with a roof or ceiling supported by rows of columns.

[From Greek hupostūlos, resting upon pillars : hupo-, hypo- + stūlos, pillar; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

hypostyle

(ˈhaɪpəʊˌstaɪl)
adj
(Architecture) having a roof supported by columns
n
(Architecture) a building constructed in this way

hy•po•style

(ˈhaɪ pəˌstaɪl)
adj.
1. having a roof or ceiling supported by many columns.
n.
2. a hypostyle structure.
[1825–35; < Greek hypóstȳlos resting on pillars =hypo- hypo- + -stȳlos -style2]

hypostyle

A thickly pillared hall, especially in ancient Egypt, in which the roof rests directly on the columns.
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