mastabah


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mas·ta·ba

also mas·ta·bah  (măs′tə-bə)
n.
An ancient Egyptian tomb with a rectangular base, sloping sides, and a flat roof.

[Arabic masṭaba, maṣṭaba, stone bench, from Aramaic masṭabtā, maṣṭabtā, bench, dais, perhaps from Greek stibas, bed of straw, bed, grave, or perhaps of Iranian origin; perhaps akin to Persian satāvand, portico, balcony.]
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Noun1.mastabah - an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roofmastabah - an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof; "the Egyptian pyramids developed from the mastaba"
tomb, grave - a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone); "he put flowers on his mother's grave"
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Reverend Timon told us that monks used to isolate themselves all week long, and on Saturday and Sunday, they would gather and sit on the ancient mastabah (bench) to eat together and read the Bible and some pages from "Bustan Al-Ruhban" (The Monks' Garden).