noun (plural propylaea /-ˈlēə/)
1The structure forming the entrance to a temple.
- These venturi formed ventilation flues and water storage tanks, together with the entrance propylaea and dramatic earth sculpture, demonstrating the effect the architects were seeking, ‘the earth rises and falls like a human breast’.
- Distantly inspired by the propylaea on the Acropolis in Athens, it was the first of the ceremonial Doric gateways to rise in modern Europe.
Via Latin from Greek propulaion, neuter (used as a noun) of propulaios 'before the gate', from pro 'before' + pulē 'gate'.
Words that rhyme with propylaeumathenaeum, atheneum, coliseum, Liam, lyceum, mausoleum, museum, peritoneum, Te Deum
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