serdab

noun ser·dab \sə(r)ˈdäb\

Definition of serdab

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a narrow chamber of the ancient Egyptian mastaba either concealed or accessible only by a narrow passage and containing a statue of the deceased

  2. 2 :  a living room in the basement of a house in the Near East that provides coolness during the summer months

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Origin and Etymology of serdab

Arabic sirdāb cellar, underground vault, from Persian sardāb ice cellar, from sard cold + āb water


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