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n. pl. mo·nop·te·roi (-tə-roi′)
A classical structure consisting of a circle of pillars supporting a domed roof, often serving as a temple.

[Latin monopteros, consisting of a monopteros, having a single row of columns and no cella : Greek mono-, mono- + Greek pteron, wing, winglike thing (perhaps on the model of Greek peripteros, flying or going all around, having a single row of columns all around); see pet- in Indo-European roots.]
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(mɒnˈɒptəˌrɒs) or


n, pl -teroi (-təˌrɔɪ) or -tera (-tərə)
(Architecture) a circular classical building, esp a temple, that has a single ring of columns surrounding it
[C18: Late Latin from Greek, from mono- + pteron a wing]
monˈopteral adj
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Berleth, "The Arabidopsis gene MONOPTEROS encodes a transcription factor mediating embryo axis formation and vascular development," The EMBO Journal, vol.
It covers 1.4 sq miles (3.63km2) and has plenty of interesting features within its boundaries, including a Japanese teahouse and a Greek-style Monopteros temple created by Leo von Klenze.