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xyst

[zist]
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noun
  1. (in ancient Greek and Roman architecture) a covered portico, as a promenade.
  2. (in an ancient Roman villa) a garden walk planted with trees.
Also xystum, xystus.

Origin of xyst

1655–65; < Latin xystus garden terrace, shaded walk < Greek xystós a covered colonnade
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Historical Examples

  • Xyst, zist, n. a covered portico used by athletes for their exercises.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

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British Dictionary definitions for xyst

xyst

xystus or xystos (ˈzɪstəs)

noun
  1. a long portico, esp one used in ancient Greece for athletics
  2. (in ancient Rome) a covered garden walk or one lined with trees

Word Origin

C17: from Latin xystus, from Greek xustos, literally: smoothed, polished (area), from xuein to scrape, make smooth
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