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noun Architecture.
  1. (in a classical temple) a colonnade parallel to, but apart from, the cella.
  2. the space between this and the cella.
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Origin of pteron

1840–50; < Latin < Greek pterón literally, wing
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Historical Examples of pteron

  • Greek, pteron, a wing, the feathery fronds suggesting the wings of a bird.

    The Fern Lover's Companion

    George Henry Tilton

  • It comes from two Greek words orthos, meaning straight, and pteron, meaning a wing.

    The Insect Folk

    Margaret Warner Morley

  • The 838 pteron consisted (according to Pliny) of thirty-six columns of the Ionic order, enclosing a square cella.

  • Above the pteron rose the pyramid, mounting by 24 steps to an apex or pedestal.