- (in a classical temple) a colonnade parallel to, but apart from, the cella.
- the space between this and the cella.
Origin of pteron
1840–50; < Latin < Greek pterón literally, wing
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Examples from the Web for 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.