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dromos

[drom-uh s, -os; droh-muh s, -mos] /ˈdrɒm əs, -ɒs; ˈdroʊ məs, -mɒs/
noun, plural dromoi
[drom-oi, droh-moi] /ˈdrɒm ɔɪ, ˈdroʊ mɔɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
Archaeology. a passageway into an ancient subterranean tomb.
2.
a racetrack in ancient Greece.
Origin of dromos
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50, dromos is from the Greek word drómos a running, course, place for running
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  • From the propylaia, a dromos, or sacred avenue, led to the double temple.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • Through the dromos they reached the first propylæum, then the second, the third, the fourth.

    The Tour Louis Couperus
  • The crowd descended into the town in silence, along the dromos and along the quay.

    Ancient Manners Pierre Louys
  • An entrance-passage, the dromos, led from the valley to the tholos in a gently inclined ascent.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • Then she turned to the right, before the immense avenue of the dromos where the house of Demetrios was.

    Ancient Manners Pierre Louys
  • From this central square of four pediments extends right and left one long colonnade, or dromos.

  • It is usual to celebrate bull-fights in this dromos; the bulls are bred expressly for this purpose, like horses.

  • In front of the dromos is a colossal figure consisting of a single stone.

  • So far as we can at present see, the axis of the building corresponds to the axis of the dromos leading to Hatshepsts temple.

    Five Years' Explorations at Thebes George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Carnarvon
  • The dromos led up to the pronaos, which was reached by a few steps.

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