mastaba [mas′tə bə]
mastaba definition by Webster's New World
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an oblong structure with a flat roof and sloping sides, built over the opening of a mummy chamber or burial pit in ancient Egypt and used as a tomb
Origin: Arabic maṣṭabah
mastaba definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also mas·ta·bah noun
An ancient Egyptian tomb with a rectangular base, sloping sides, and a flat roof.
Origin: Arabic maṣṭabba, stone bench, from Aramaic misṭubbā, perhaps of Persian or Greek origin.
top: exterior viewbottom: cross section revealing the shaft (A) and the burial chamber (B)