[krip-tuh-pawr-ti-kuh s, -pohr-]

noun, plural cryp·to·por·ti·cus.

a covered passage, as one underground, lighted on one side.
a portico at the entrance to a crypt.

Nearby words

  1. cryptonym,
  2. cryptonymous,
  3. cryptophthalmia,
  4. cryptophyte,
  5. cryptopodia,
  6. cryptorchid,
  7. cryptorchidectomy,
  8. cryptorchidism,
  9. cryptorchidopexy,
  10. cryptorchism

Origin of cryptoporticus

1675–85; < Latin: covered passage; see crypto-, portico Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cryptoporticus

  • At the ends of the cryptoporticus are the remains of some more rooms.

    Old Rome|Robert Burn
  • On the south side there is a cryptoporticus and a reservoir for water which was supplied by a branch of the Claudian aqueduct.

    Old Rome|Robert Burn