ziggurat
noun Etymology: Akkadian ziqqurratu Date: 1877 an ancient Mesopotamian temple tower consisting of a lofty pyramidal structure built in successive stages with outside staircases and a shrine at the top; also a structure or object of similar form

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  • Ziggurat — ig gu*rat, n. 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 {zikkurat}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ziggurat — Ziggurat, monumentale tempelbygninger i Mesopotamien. Er fra 3. årtusinde f.Kr …   Danske encyklopædi

  • ziggurat — (n.) 1858, from Assyrian ziqquratu height, pinnacle, from zaqaru to be high …   Etymology dictionary

  • ziggurat — [zik′oo ratzig′oo rat΄] n. [Akkadian ziqqurratu, temple tower < zaqru, high, massive] a temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, in the form of a terraced pyramid with each story smaller than the one below it: also zikkurat… …   English World dictionary

  • Ziggurat — Une ziggurat, ou ziggourat, (prononcer /zi.gu.ʁat/), est un édifice religieux mésopotamien à degrés, présent aussi en Élam, constitué de plusieurs terrasses supportant probablement un temple construit à son sommet. Le terme vient de l akkadien… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ziggurat — A ziggurat (Akkadian ziqqurrat , D stem of zaqāru to build on a raised area ) was a temple tower of the ancient Mesopotamian valley and Iran, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories or levels. Some modern buildings… …   Wikipedia

  • ziggurat — /zig oo rat /, n. (among the ancient Babylonians and Assyrians) a temple of Sumerian origin in the form of a pyramidal tower, consisting of a number of stories and having about the outside a broad ascent winding round the structure, presenting… …   Universalium

  • ziggurat —    A pyramid like structure erected in many ancient Mesopotamian cities, usually near a temple or as part of a temple complex, and used for religious ceremonial purposes. The modern term is derived from the Akkadian word ziqqurratu. Although they …   Ancient Mesopotamia dictioary

  • Ziggurat — Choghazanbil Ziggurat, Iran Ein Zikkurat, Ziqqurrat, Zikkurrat, Ziggurat oder Schiggorat (babylonisch „hoch aufragend, aufgetürmt“; „Himmelshügel“; „Götterberg“; Plural: Zikkurate) ist ein pyramidenartiger Stufentempel in Mesopotamien. Die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • ziggurat — ⇒ZIGG(O)URAT, (ZIGGURAT, ZIGGOURAT)subst. fém. ARCHÉOL. Édifice caractéristique de l architecture religieuse mésopotamienne en forme de pyramide à étages, dont le sommet qui pouvait servir à l observation des astres, portait un sanctuaire, et… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ziggurat — Zikkurat ik ku*rat, n. 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 {ziggurat}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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