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cippus

[sip-uh s]
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noun, plural cip·pi [sip-ahy, sip-ee] /ˈsɪp aɪ, ˈsɪp i/.
  1. (in classical architecture) a stele.
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Origin of cippus

1615–25; < Latin: pillar, gravestone
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Historical Examples

  • Over the capital is an iron balcony encompassing a cippus, or meta, 32 feet high, supporting a blazing urn of brass gilt.

    Old and New London

    Walter Thornbury

  • A very common form in Greco–Roman times is the cippus , a short column, like an altar.