One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A temple or other building surrounded by a single peristyle or row of columns; the encompassing peristyle itself.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Inigo Jones (1573–1652), architect and theatre designer. From classical Latin peripteros having a single row of columns all round (Vitruvius), a building having a single row of columns all round (Varro) from Hellenistic Greek περίπτερος having a single row of columns all round from ancient Greek περι- + -πτερος.
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