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

  • adj. Architecture Having a single row of columns on all sides.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Surrounded by a single row of columns

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having columns on all sides; -- said of an edifice. See apteral.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In architecture, surrounded by a single range of columns: said especially of a temple in which the cella is surrounded by columns. See cut under opisthodomos.
  • n. Any peripteral building, especially a Greek or Roman temple with columns on every side. Also peripteros. See cut at opisthodomus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having columns on all sides


From Latin peripteros, from Greek : peri-, peri- + pteron, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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