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[krip-tuh-pawr-ti-kuh s, -pohr-] /ˌkrɪp təˈpɔr tɪ kəs, -ˈpoʊr-/
noun, plural cryptoporticus.
a covered passage, as one underground, lighted on one side.
a portico at the entrance to a crypt.
Origin of cryptoporticus
1675-85; < Latin: covered passage; see crypto-, portico Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At the ends of the cryptoporticus are the remains of some more rooms.

    Old Rome

    Robert Burn
  • On the south side there is a cryptoporticus and a reservoir for water which was supplied by a branch of the Claudian aqueduct.

    Old Rome

    Robert Burn

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