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propylon

[prop-uh-lon] /ˈprɒp əˌlɒn/
noun, plural propyla [prop-uh-luh] /ˈprɒp ə lə/ (Show IPA)
Origin of propylon
1825-1835
1825-35; < Greek propýlon, equivalent to pro- pro-2 + pýl(ē) gate + -on neuter singular noun ending
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  • Champollion and some architects suppose that they stood before a propylon.

  • The really ancient part of the structure begins with the rows of sphinxes which border the road behind the propylon.

  • I well remember the morning when I stood before the propylon, or chief entrance of Karnak.

    Sketches Benjamin Disraeli
  • I well remember the morning I stood before the propylon, or chief entrance of Karnak.

    Sketches Benjamin Disraeli
  • Judging from the scenes and inscriptions which accompany it, Champollion thought this represented a propylon at the Ramesseum.

  • The second type of propylon differs from the first in having a very much smaller doorway in comparison with its total mass.

  • Do you know, too, that my ignorance is such that I had to look in the dictionary to find out what plectrum and propylon meant.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • Hallock sat as rigid as a carved figure flanking an Egyptian propylon, which his attitude suggested.

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