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cippus

[sip-uh s]
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noun, plural cip·pi [sip-ahy, sip-ee] /ˈsɪp aɪ, ˈsɪp i/.
  1. (in classical architecture) a stele.

Origin of cippus

1615–25; < Latin: pillar, gravestone
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Examples from the Web for cippi

Historical Examples

  • There are nine graves or cippi, no gravestone or inscription.

    Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)

    John Aubrey

  • Ranged along the walls are a series of sarcophagi, cippi, and funeral altars, some of them very fine.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare

  • The shafts (putei) often stood, but not necessarily, at the same points as the cippi.

  • Of boundary-stones, or cippi terminales, some very ancient specimens have been preserved.

  • One of the cippi, above the staircase, is beautifully decorated with shells and mosaic.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare