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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Architecture Having a double row of columns on all sides, as certain Greek temples.
  • adj. Biology Dipterous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having two wings only.
  • adj. Belonging to the order of insects Diptera.
  • adj. Having a double row of columns on each on the flanks, as well as in front and rear, often said of a temple.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having two wings only; belonging to the order Diptera.
  • adj. Having a double row of columns on each on the flanks, as well as in front and rear; -- said of a temple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In entom., having two wings only; dipterous.
  • In arch., consisting of or furnished with a double range of columns: said of a portico.

Etymologies

From Greek dipteros, temple with a double peristyle : di-, di- + pteron, feather, wing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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