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[sip-uh s] /ˈsɪp əs/
noun, plural cippi
[sip-ahy, sip-ee] /ˈsɪp aɪ, ˈsɪp i/ (Show IPA)
(in classical architecture) a stele.
Origin of cippus
1615-25; < Latin: pillar, gravestone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Over the capital is an iron balcony encompassing a cippus, or meta, 32 feet high, supporting a blazing urn of brass gilt.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • A very common form in Greco–Roman times is the cippus , a short column, like an altar.

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