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A temple tower of ancient Mesopotamia, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

[Akkadian ziqqurratu, temple tower, from zaqāru, to build high; see zqr in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈzɪɡʊˌræt) ,




(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
[C19: from Assyrian ziqqurati summit, height]
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(ˈzɪg ʊˌræt)

also zik•ku•rat


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]
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- A tower in the form of a terraced pyramid.
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An ancient Assyrian or Babylonian temple in the form of a pyramid with terraced sides tapering toward the top.
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Noun1.ziggurat - a rectangular tiered temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babyloniansziggurat - a rectangular tiered temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians
temple - an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes
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[ˈzɪgʊræt] Nzigurat m
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nZikkur(r)at f
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Parked in a stockade we stand beside their pickup while admittance is sought to a building.Yet all I can think of is the carpet I had seen in the suq, a carpet in scarlet and brown with a pattern of ziggurats on which a figure was visible, climbing towards the sky.
It was only rediscovered in the early twentieth century by German archaeologists and now consists of a vast number of mounds covering acres of land -- the remains of ancient buildings -- dominated by the huge bulk of a ziggurat. Ziggurats -- stepped pyramids, formed with a series of terraces and ramps -- seem to have been evolved by the Sumerians around 6000 ye ars ago and were taken over and developed by succeeding Mesopotamian civilization like the Assyrians.
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