Definitions

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  • n. A long and open portico within the gymnasium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as xyst.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A generic name variously applied to certain hymenopterous, coleopterous, and lepidopterous insects.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek ξυστός (ksustos, "xystus"), from ξυστός (ksustos, "scraped"), from ksύω (xuō, "scrape"), referring to its polished floor.

Examples

  • 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.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • There are other similar instances as in the case of "xystus," "prothyrum," "telamones," and some others of the sort.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • "xystus" a stadium, so designed that great numbers of people may have plenty of room to look on at the contests between the athletes.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • 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.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • The viridarium, or xystus, surrounded with spacious porticoes, was once filled with the choicest flowers, and refreshed by the grateful murmur of two fountains.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • 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_.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • 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.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • From the portico we ascend by three steps to the xystus.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • 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 Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 19, May, 1859

  • 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.

    Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) A Novel

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  • Noun: An indoor porch for exercising in winter.

    October 3, 2008