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ziggurat

[ zig-oo-rat ]
/ ˈzɪg ʊˌræt /
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noun

(among the ancient Babylonians and Assyrians) a temple of Sumerian origin in the form of a pyramidal tower, consisting of a number of stories and having about the outside a broad ascent winding round the structure, presenting the appearance of a series of terraces.

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Also zik·ku·rat, zik·u·rat [zik-oo-rat]. /ˈzɪk ʊˌræt/.

Origin of ziggurat

First recorded in 1875–80, ziggurat is from the Akkadian word ziqquratu
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British Dictionary definitions for ziggurat

ziggurat

zikkurat or zikurat (ˈzɪkʊˌræt)

/ (ˈzɪɡʊˌræt) /

noun

a type of rectangular temple tower or tiered mound erected by the Sumerians, Akkadians, and Babylonians in Mesopotamia. The tower of Babel is thought to be one of these
C19: from Assyrian ziqqurati summit, height
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