Definition of hypaethral in English:

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Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpiːθr(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /hɪˈpiːθr(ə)l/
(also hypethral)


(Of a classical building) having no roof: the hypaethral temple
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  • The circular, hypaethral shrine stands surrounded by paddy fields with a big tank for ritual bathing near it.
  • Or shall it be a quarter of heaven itself - an hypethral temple, consecrated to the service of the gods?
  • It is also necessary to visit the hypaethral museum of Macedonian Fight in the Mpourino, near the village Chromio.


Late 18th century: via Latin from Greek hupaithros (from hupo 'under' + aithēr 'air') + -al.

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