cippus

[ sip-uhs ]
/ ˈsɪp əs /

noun, plural cip·pi [sip-ahy, sip-ee]. /ˈsɪp aɪ, ˈsɪp i/.

(in classical architecture) a stele.

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Origin of cippus

1615–25; <Latin: pillar, gravestone
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Example sentences from the Web for cippus

  • 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.