hypaethral


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hy·pae·thral

also hy·pe·thral  (hī-pē′thrəl)
adj.
Wholly or partly open to the sky: an ancient hypaethral temple.

[From Latin hypaethrus, from Greek hupaithros : hupo, under; see hypo- + aithēr, sky, air.]

hypaethral

or

hypethral

adj
(Architecture) (esp of a classical temple) having no roof. Also: hupaithric
[C18: from Latin hypaethrus uncovered, from Greek hupaithros, from hypo- + aithros clear sky]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hypaethral - partly or entirely open to the sky
unenclosed - not closed in our surrounded or included; "an unenclosed porch"; "unenclosed common land"
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