Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Entry: ziggurats (n.)

In context: " can make coffee in 60-cup urns and stack polystyrene cups in big ziggurats and sell raffle tickets and make sandwiches..."

Definition: A staged tower of pyramid form in which each successive storey is smaller than that below it, so as to leave a terrace all round; an Assyrian or Babylonian temple-tower.

Other: Also 'zikkurats'.  Interesting etymology - the first I've noticed with an Assyrian root:

Etymology:  < Assyrian ziqquratu (also zigg-, sig(g)-, -ur(r)at) height, pinnacle, top of a mountain, temple-tower; compare zaqaru to be high (Muss-Arnolt).

SNOOT score: 1
Page: 343

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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