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A form of temple or other building with free columns forming a portico in front (and sometimes in the rear) as in a peripteral building, but with the rest of the columns engaged in the walls instead of standing free.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Phillips's New World of Words. From classical Latin pseudoperipterus (adjective) designating a form of building in which the walls are placed within the intercolumniations of a colonnade (Vitruvius; from ancient Greek ψευδο- + Hellenistic Greek περίπτερος), in quot. 1882 via German Pseudoperipteros.
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