Definitions for zigguratˈzɪg ʊˌræt; ˈzɪk-
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zig•gu•ratˈzɪg ʊˌræt; ˈzɪk-(n.)
a brick temple tower built by the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, consisting of a number of successively receding stories giving the appearance of a series of terraces.
Origin of ziggurat:
1875–80; < Akkadian ziqquratu
ziggurat, zikkurat, zikurat(noun)
a rectangular tiered temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians
A temple tower of the ancient Mesopotamian valley, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.
Origin: From ziqqurratu, from zaqāru.
Ziggurats were massive structures built in the ancient Mesopotamian valley and western Iranian plateau, having the form of a terraced step pyramid of successively receding stories or levels. Notable ziggurats include the Great Ziggurat of Ur near Nasiriyah, Iraq; the Ziggurat of Aqar Quf near Baghdad, Iraq; Chogha Zanbil in Khūzestān, Iran; and Sialk near Kashan, Iran.
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