obelisk[äb′ə lisk, ō′bə-]
The Washington Memorial is an obelisk.
- a tall, slender, four-sided stone pillar tapering toward its pyramidal top
- dagger (sense )
Origin of obeliskClassical Latin obeliscus ; from Classical Greek obeliskos, a small spit, obelisk, diminutive of obelos: see obelus
- A tall, four-sided shaft of stone, usually tapered and monolithic, that rises to a pointed pyramidal top.
- The dagger sign (†), used especially as a reference mark. Also called dagger, obelus.
Origin of obeliskLatin obeliscus, from Greek obeliskos, diminutive of obelos, a spit, obelisk.
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