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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

Word Origin for ziggurat

C19: from Assyrian ziqqurati summit, height
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