ziggurat

Definitions:

  • A temple tower of ancient Mesopotamia, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.
  • A temple tower of the Babylonians or Assyrians, consisting of a lofty pyramidal structure, built in successive stages, with outside staircases, and a shrine at the top; -- called also <altname>zikkurat</altname>.
  • A <xref>temple</xref> <xref>tower</xref> of the ancient Mesopotamian valley, having the form of a terraced <xref>pyramid</xref> of successively receding stories.
  • a rectangular tiered temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians
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