Definitions

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

  • adj. Having eight frontal columns in the portico, as in some Greek temples.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having eight columns in the front row (of a portico etc.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See octostyle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In architecture, having, or characterized by the presence of, eight columns, as a portico or a building having eight columns in front.
  • n. A building having eight columns in front; especially, a Greek or Roman temple having that number of columns in the front row of the portico.

Etymologies

Latin octastȳlus, from Greek oktastūlos : okta-, octa- + stūlos, pillar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • There is the architectural application:

    Let's sit ourselves down and talk a while
    Of how may a portico beguile,
    And what are the graces
    Attending such spaces
    And tally the virtues of octastyle.

    But also this:

    The she-squid bestows a shy smile
    Permitting an amorous trial,
    Inviting his charms
    And myriad arms
    For loving that's done octastyle.

    November 29, 2016