[[t]ˈzɪg ʊˌræt[/t]] also zik•ku•rat [[t]ˈzɪk-[/t]] n.
archit. a brick temple tower built by the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, consisting of a number of successively receding stories giving the appearance of a series of terraces
Etymology: 1875–80; < Akkadian ziqquratu

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