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

  • n. A dome-shaped monument, used to house Buddhist relics or to commemorate significant facts of Buddhism or Jainism. Also called tope3.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dome-shaped Buddhist monument, used to house relics of the Lord Buddha.
  • n. A stupe (medicated cloth or sponge).

Etymologies

Sanskrit stūpaḥ, tuft of hair, crown of the head, summit, stupa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit स्तूप (stūpa). (Wiktionary)

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