peri·​ak·​tos | \ ˌperēˈaktəs \
plural periaktoi\ -​ˌtȯi \

Definition of periaktos

: a 3-sided revolving apparatus painted with scenery and used at each side of the stage in ancient Greek theaters

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History and Etymology for periaktos

Greek, from periaktos revolving, from periagein to lead around, turn around, from peri- + agein to lead, drive

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“Periaktos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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