The Washington Memorial is an obelisk.
obelisk definition by Webster's New World
- a tall, slender, four-sided stone pillar tapering toward its pyramidal top
- dagger (sense )
Origin: Classical Latin obeliscus ; from Classical Greek obeliskos, a small spit, obelisk, diminutive of obelos: see obelus
obelisk definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A tall, four-sided shaft of stone, usually tapered and monolithic, that rises to a pointed pyramidal top.
- Printing The dagger sign (†), used especially as a reference mark. Also called dagger, obelus.
Origin: Latin obeliscus, from Greek obeliskos, diminutive of obelos, a spit, obelisk.
- obˌe·lisˈcal adjective
- obˌe·lisˈkoidˌ adjective