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A temple tower of ancient Mesopotamia, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.
(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]
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.
An ancient Assyrian or Babylonian temple in the form of a pyramid with terraced sides tapering toward the top.