a temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, in the form of a terraced pyramid with each story smaller than the one below it
Origin of zigguratAkkadian ziqqurratu, temple tower ; from zaqru, high, massive
A temple tower of ancient Mesopotamia, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.
Origin of zigguratAkkadian ziqqurratu, temple tower, from zaqaru, to build high; see zqr in Semitic roots.
the Ziggurat of Ur in a modern rendering
From Akkadian ziqqurratu, from zaqÄru.[Cuneiform?]