xyst

[ zist ]
/ zɪst /

noun

(in ancient Greek and Roman architecture) a covered portico, as a promenade.
(in an ancient Roman villa) a garden walk planted with trees.

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Also xystum, xystus.

Origin of xyst

1655–65; < Latin xystus garden terrace, shaded walk < Greek xystós a covered colonnade
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British Dictionary definitions for xysts

xyst

xystus or xystos (ˈzɪstəs)

/ (zɪst) /

noun

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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