plural pteromata
: the enclosed space of a stoa, portico, or peristyle including the stylobate and the space to the solid wall behind the portico (as in a Greek temple)

Word History


Latin, from Greek pterōma from pteron feather, wing + -ōma -ome

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“Pteroma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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