One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly Architecture and Archaeology. A small pyramid; especially (a) the pyramidal apex of an obelisk; (b) the capstone of a pyramid.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Shaw (1694–1751), traveller. From ancient Greek πυραμίδ-, πυραμίς pyramid + -ιον, diminutive suffix.
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