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- noun Same as
- noun [capitalized] [NL.] A generic name variously applied to certain hymenopterous, coleopterous, and lepidopterous insects.
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- noun in Ancient Greece A long and open
porticowithin the gymnasium.
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There are other similar instances as in the case of "xystus," "prothyrum," "telamones," and some others of the sort.
Next to this "xystus" and to the double colonnade should be laid out the uncovered walks which the Greeks term [Greek: paradromides] and our people "xysta," into which, in fair weather during the winter, the athletes come out from the "xystus" for exercise.
"xystus" a stadium, so designed that great numbers of people may have plenty of room to look on at the contests between the athletes.
On the south side of these was again a double portico; and on the north, outside the pillars, the _xystus_, or covered porch, where the athletes exercised in winter and in bad weather.
The viridarium, or xystus, surrounded with spacious porticoes, was once filled with the choicest flowers, and refreshed by the grateful murmur of two fountains.
From the portico we ascend by three steps to the xystus.
Passing through the tablinum, we enter the portico of the xystus, or garden, a spot small in extent, but full of ornament and of beauty, though not that sort of beauty which the notion of a garden suggests to us.
In its general plan it resembled the atrium, being in fact a court, open to the sky in the middle, and surrounded by a colonnade, but it was larger in its dimensions, and the centre court was often decorated with shrubs and flowers and fountains, and was then called _xystus_.
In front of it is a xystus, fragrant with violets, where the sun's heat is increased by reflection from the cryptoportico, which, at the same time, breaks the northeast wind.
The _xystus_, or garden, adjoining the house had been laid out like a Grecian landscape with cypresses and laurels between squares of roses and violets.
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