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  1. plural of propylon.
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noun, plural prop·y·la [prop-uh-luh] /ˈprɒp ə lə/.
  1. propylaeum.
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Origin of propylon

1825–35; < Greek propýlon, equivalent to pro- pro-2 + pýl(ē) gate + -on neuter singular noun ending
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Examples from the Web for propyla

Historical Examples

  • Neither the number of the propyla nor of the sphinxes is determined by any rule.

    The Geography of Strabo, Volume III (of 3)


  • Just outside the Propyla was the small temple of Wingless Victory.

  • Already the incense was burning, already the cypress had been placed before the Propyla of the Palatine.

    Darkness and Dawn

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • One of the propyla is entirely of granite, adorned with the most finished hieroglyphics.

  • The great temple stands on the very summit of the Acropolis, elevated far above the Propyla and the surrounding edifices.