noun cryp·to·por·ti·cus \ˌkriptōˈpōrtə̇kəs\

Definition of cryptoporticus



  1. :  a porch, gallery, or ambulatory in ancient Roman architecture that was wholly or partly concealed, had few openings, and served for private communication

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Origin and Etymology of cryptoporticus

Latin, from crypt- + porticus portico — more at porch

First Known Use: 1581

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to cast off or become cast off

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