Origin of obelisk
Examples from the Web for obelisk
After years of negotiations and a tough journey, the obelisk was planted at the Place de la Concorde.
On the top of the obelisk is a 100-ounce aluminum cap, which acts as a lightning rod.
Whereupon she made a few quick revolutions, landing up against the granite base of the obelisk.The Poor Little Rich Girl|Eleanor Gates
The obelisk is from another of Nature's patterns; it is only a gigantic acicular crystal.Over the Teacups|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
No other obelisk approaches within twelve feet of its elevation, or within fifty tons of its weight.Ancient Egypt|George Rawlinson
The piazza of the Trinità de' Monti was solitary and deserted, left to the guardianship of its obelisk.The Child of Pleasure|Gabriele D'Annunzio
And how admirably did the obelisk lend itself to its symbolical purposes!Roman Mosaics|Hugh Macmillan
Word Origin for obelisk
"rectangular stone column tapering at the top," 1560s, from Middle French obélisque (16c.) and directly from Latin obeliscus "obelisk, small spit," from Greek obeliskos "small spit, obelisk, leg of a compass," diminutive of obelos "a spit, pointed pillar, needle." Related: Obeliskine.