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 (prŏp′ə-lē′əm, prō′pə-)
n. pl. prop·y·lae·a (-lē′ə)
An entrance or vestibule to a temple or group of buildings. Also called propylon.

[Latin, from Greek propulaion : pro-, before; see pro-2 + pulē, gate.]
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(ˌprɒpɪˈliːəm) or


n, pl -laea (-ˈliːə) , -lons or -la
(Architecture) a portico, esp one that forms the entrance to a temple
[C18: via Latin from Greek propulaion before the gate, from pro-2 + pulē gate]
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(ˌprɒp əˈli əm)

n., pl. -lae•a (-ˈli ə)
Often, propylaea. a vestibule or entrance to a temple area or other enclosure, esp. when elaborate or of architectural importance.
[1700–10; < Latin < Greek propýlaion gateway, n. use of neuter of propýlaios before the gate =pro- pro-2 + pýl(ē) gate + -aios adj. suffix]
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