cryp·​to·​por·​ti·​cus | \ ˌkriptōˈpōrtə̇kəs \
plural cryptoporticus

Definition of cryptoporticus

: 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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First Known Use of cryptoporticus

1581, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptoporticus

Latin, from crypt- + porticus portico

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“Cryptoporticus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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