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mas·ta·baalso mas·ta·bah (măs′tə-bə)
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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(Architecture) a mudbrick superstructure above tombs in ancient Egypt from which the pyramid developed
[from Arabic: bench]
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or mas•ta•bah(ˈmæs tə bə)
n., pl. -bas or -bahs.
an ancient rectangular Egyptian tomb with sloping sides and a flat roof.
[1595–1605; < Arabic maṣṭabah]
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|Noun||1.||mastaba - an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof; "the Egyptian pyramids developed from the mastaba"|
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