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An apartment or vestibule (typically open) at the rear of an ancient Greek temple, situated within the portico and abutting the cella.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Phillips's New World of Words. From ancient Greek ὀπισθόδομος back room or inner cell in a temple from ὀπισθο- + δόμος house, room, chamber.
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