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pronaos

[ proh-ney-os ]
/ proʊˈneɪ ɒs /
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noun, plural pro·na·oi [proh-ney-oi]. /proʊˈneɪ ɔɪ/.

(in a classical temple) an open vestibule before the cella.

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Origin of pronaos

From the Greek word prónāos, dating back to 1605–15. See pro-2, naos
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