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mastaba

or mas·ta·bah

[mas-tuh-buh]
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noun
  1. an ancient Egyptian tomb made of mud brick, rectangular in plan with sloping sides and a flat roof.
  2. (in Islamic countries) a fixed bench, especially one of stone.

Origin of mastaba

First recorded in 1595–1605, mastaba is from the Arabic word maṣṭabah
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mastaba

mastabah

noun
  1. a mudbrick superstructure above tombs in ancient Egypt from which the pyramid developed

Word Origin

from Arabic: bench
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