One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A place for storing and exhibiting works of art; an art gallery.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Wotton (1568–1639), diplomat and writer. From classical Latin pinacothēca art gallery (Varro, Vitruvius) from Hellenistic Greek πινακοθήκη (Strabo) from ancient Greek πινακο-, combining form of πίναξ, πινακ- + θήκη repository.
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