monopteros

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From Latin monopteros, from Ancient Greek μονο- (mono-, mono-) + πτερόν (pterón, wing; circle of columns).

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monopteros

  1. (architecture) A classical temple made up of one circle of columns supporting a roof.
    • 2001, Anthea Bell, translating WG Sebald, Austerlitz, Penguin 2011, p. 199:
      I leafed through the various boxes and drawers, staring sometimes for minutes on end at a star-shaped vault or diamond frieze, a hermitage, a monopteros or a mausoleum, without knowing what I was looking at or why.