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Lee’s 14-foot statue, atop its base, reaches 60 feet into the sky, Davis’s features a 67-foot obelisk; their purpose is to draw our eyes away from the real world and into the mythic clouds of the Lost Cause.
Small but determined, tiny elvers wriggle through wet grass and can mount six-foot dam walls, climbing atop each other like Navy plebes scaling the Academy obelisk.
An obelisk at the university, erected by the North Korean authorities and dedicated to Mr. Kim’s grandfather and father, has drawn scorn from outside observers.
Barthelemy's tenure also included the removal of the Liberty Place obelisk from Canal Street in 1989 during a construction project.
The futurist extravaganza was remembered for its Trylon, a needle-thin obelisk, and the spherical Perisphere, gleaming symbols of the American century.
The Fairview birthplace of Confederate President Jefferson Davis is marked by a 35-story obelisk, one of the nation’s tallest.
The monuments included one stone obelisk commemorating a rebellion against a Reconstruction-era government and overtly commemorating white supremacy.
Easily identified, it is marked by the tallest obelisk in Cypress Lawn Cemetery, a single monument on a five-acre expanse of grass.
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Origin and Etymology of obelisk
Middle French obelisque, from Latin obeliscus, from Greek obeliskos, from diminutive of obelos
First Known Use: 1561See Words from the same year
OBELISK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obelisk for English Language Learners
: a tall, four-sided stone column that becomes narrower toward the top and that ends in a point
OBELISK Defined for Kids
Definition of obelisk for Students
: a four-sided pillar that becomes narrower toward the top and ends in a pyramid
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