One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a temple or portico) having ten columns.
- ‘One can see in Michelangelo's plan his intention of creating a temple-like mausoleum, complete with a tetrastyle/cum decastyle colonnaded entry raised on a podium.’
- ‘The colonnade is decastyle - ten columns to a side, 36 all told.’
- ‘Chedanne, however, whose results are not yet published, thought that the entablature of the pronaos had originally belonged to a decastyle temple, which he supposed to have been peripteral.’
- ‘Following the regional tradition, the temple was built as a gigantic decastyle dipteral structure, with a cavernous porch extending - almost like an Egyptian hypostyle hall - five columns deep!’
A ten-columned portico.
Early 18th century: from Greek dekastulos ‘having ten columns’, from deka ‘ten’ + stulos ‘column’.
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