One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a classical building) having a portico at each end but not at the sides.
- ‘It is an amphiprostyle temple with four columns in antis in the front and rear.’
- ‘The Archaic temple had the same Doric tetrastyle amphiprostyle plan as the subsequent one.’
- ‘Its monumental entrance, in the form of an amphiprostyle Corinthian portico, was in the southeast corner.’
- ‘The temple was rebuilt with the same dimensions of the cella, but it probably became an amphiprostyle temple, without outer rows of columns.’
- ‘Its central part is designed along the lines of an amphiprostyle temple.’
Early 18th century: via Latin from Greek amphiprostulos, from amphi- ‘both, on both sides’ + prostulos ‘having pillars in front’ (see prostyle).
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