dumbbell tenement


Definition of dumbbell tenement

: a tenement building formerly common in New York City and having a long narrow plan characterized by two narrow air wells at each side

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History and Etymology for dumbbell tenement

so called from its resemblance in shape to a dumbbell

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“Dumbbell tenement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumbbell%20tenement. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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