- (in ancient Greek and Roman architecture) a covered portico, as a promenade.
- (in an ancient Roman villa) a garden walk planted with trees.
Origin of xyst
1655–65; < Latin xystus garden terrace, shaded walk < Greek xystós a covered colonnade
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Xyst, zist, n. a covered portico used by athletes for their exercises.
xystus or xystos (ˈzɪstəs)
- a long portico, esp one used in ancient Greece for athletics
- (in ancient Rome) a covered garden walk or one lined with trees
Word Origin for xyst
C17: from Latin xystus, from Greek xustos, literally: smoothed, polished (area), from xuein to scrape, make smooth
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