ziggurat


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to ziggurat: Tower of Babel

zig·gu·rat

 (zĭg′ə-răt′)
n.
A temple tower of ancient Mesopotamia, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

[Akkadian ziqqurratu, temple tower, from zaqāru, to build high; see zqr in Semitic roots.]

ziggurat

(ˈzɪɡʊˌræt) ,

zikkurat

or

zikurat

n
(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]

zig•gu•rat

(ˈzɪg ʊˌræt)

also zik•ku•rat

(ˈzɪk-)

n.
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.

ziggurat

An ancient Assyrian or Babylonian temple in the form of a pyramid with terraced sides tapering toward the top.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ziggurat - a rectangular tiered temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babyloniansziggurat - a rectangular tiered temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians
temple - an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes
Translations
zikkurat

ziggurat

[ˈzɪgʊræt] Nzigurat m

ziggurat

nZikkur(r)at f
References in periodicals archive ?
Although, in part, abstract, Joe Tilson's dazzling 1964 acrylic-painted wood construction Ziggurat II, acquired by the trust in 2013, is permeated with significance and relates to Pop Art, resembling a stacked toy.
The Tower of Babel looked like the ziggurat, a temple tower of the Babylonians.
While you may be imagining a massive skyscraper in a Gulf nation or another wonder of the modern era, the building in question is in fact the great Ziggurat of Ur, begun by King Ur-Nammu and completed by King Shulgi, during the Third Dynasty of Ur in the 21st century BCE.
The delegation was introduced to the Ziggurat of Ur, a historical site dating back to the year 2112 BC.
The snow has ended and so Spiota (Stokesley Pride in our town Association) has replaced the ziggurat and the tubs with winter shrubs and flowering plants.
NYT Syndicate Suppose that a ramp leading to the top of a ziggurat wall is 56 cubits long, and the vertical height of the ziggurat is 45 cubits.
Accor was the first hotel group to venture into the tourism business in Iran following the nuclear deal, when it signed a contract in September 2015 with local company Aria Ziggurat to manage two hotels.
All accommodations feature striking, custom-designed ziggurat ceilings with variable lighting, and when the sun sets, lighting can be adjusted to suit the mood.
Its towering ziggurat, or step pyramid, has been bulldozed.The militants' fanaticism devastated one of the Middle East's most important archaeological sites.
And the militants bulldozed Nimrud's ziggurat, the mud-brick base of a once-soaring ancient temple, reducing it to a nondescript pile of dirt.
Brenda Smith Myles is a consultant with the Ziggurat Group, a national professional development organization specializing in autism spectrum disorders and their treatment.