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(ˈɛk sɪ drə, ɛkˈsi-)

n., pl. ex•e•drae (ˈɛk sɪˌdri, ɛkˈsi dri)
1. (in ancient Greece and Rome) a recess in the wall of a courtyard or other open area, as in a palaestra, used for lectures or meetings.
2. a permanent outdoor bench, semicircular in plan and having a high back.
[1700–10; < Latin < Greek exédra=ex- ex-3 + (h)édra seat, bench]
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26) "Hoc autem tempore, etsi multa in omni parte Athenarum sunt in ipsis locis indicia summorum uirorum, tamen ego illa moueor exhedra.