stylobate

[ stahy-luh-beyt ]
/ ˈstaɪ ləˌbeɪt /

noun Architecture. (in a classical temple)

a course of masonry, part of the stereobate, forming the foundation for a colonnade, especially the outermost colonnade.

Origin of stylobate

1555–65; < Latin stȳlobatēs, stȳlobata < Greek stȳlobátēs, equivalent to stȳlo- stylo-2 + -batēs (ba- (base of baínein to step) + -tēs agent suffix)
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stylobate

/ (ˈstaɪləˌbeɪt) /

noun

a continuous horizontal course of masonry that supports a colonnade

Word Origin for stylobate

C17: from Latin stylobatēs, from Greek stulos pillar + -batēs, from bainein to tread, walk
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