propylaeum

[ prop-uh-lee-uhm ]
/ ˌprɒp əˈli əm /

noun, plural prop·y·lae·a [prop-uh-lee-uh]. /ˌprɒp əˈli ə/.

Often propylaea. a vestibule or entrance to a temple area or other enclosure, especially when elaborate or of architectural importance.

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Origin of propylaeum

1700–10; <Latin <Greek propýlaion gateway, noun use of neuter of propýlaios before the gate, equivalent to pro-pro-2 + pýl(ē) gate + -aios adj. suffix
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propylaeum

propylon (ˈprɒpɪˌlɒn)

/ (ˌprɒpɪˈliːəm) /

noun plural -laea (-ˈliːə), -lons or -la

a portico, esp one that forms the entrance to a temple

Word Origin for propylaeum

C18: via Latin from Greek propulaion before the gate, from pro- ² + pulē gate
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