American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.
- n. A temple tower of the ancient Mesopotamian valley, having the form of terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A temple tower of the Babylonians or Assyrians, consisting of a lofty pyramidal structure, built in successive stages, with outside staircases, and a shrine at the top; -- called also
- n. a rectangular tiered temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians
- From Akkadian ziqqurratu, from zaqāru. (Wiktionary)
- Akkadian ziqqurratu, temple tower, from zaqāru, to build high; see zqr in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“SHUSTER: The ziggurat is the nearby remains of an ancient pyramid from the Samarian city of Ur, dating back more than 4,000 years.”
“This so called ziggurat is just decadent housing for all the children and wives of the shieks.”
“A ziggurat was a tall, stepped temple-tower believed to connect heaven and earth - hence the angels ascending and descending the steps.”
“The life of a slave was not an easy thing, so we tried to convey that in the scaffolding around the ziggurat, which is just put together with twine.”
“He poked at the humid ziggurat with the machete he'd been using to cut path.”
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“The achievement is all the more remarkable given that Bruneau's intimate, visually spare production includes a stage-wide mirror, positioned just behind the ziggurat of black risers that is the other major set element.”
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“Quite the contrary, we still have our great building projects, our pyramid - and ziggurat-equivalents.”
“On the eastern side of the city was a second wall, surrounding the royal palace, and another protecting the central ziggurat, a steep pyramid containing the temple to Bel-Marduk, chief god of Babylon.”
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