One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gallery; a colonnaded porch or arcade running around a building; the space between the peristyle and the wall of a building.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cockeram (fl. 1623–1658), lexicographer. From ancient Greek περίδρομος gallery running round a building, use as noun of masculine of περίδρομος that runs round from περι- + -δρομος.
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