mastaba

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mastaba \Mas"ta*ba\, noun Also Mastabah \Mas"ta*bah\ . [Ar. ma[,c]tabah a large stone bench.]

1. In Mohammedan countries, a fixed seat, common in dwellings and in public places. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. (Egyptology) A type of tomb, of the time of the Memphite dynasties, comprising an oblong structure with sloping sides (sometimes containing a decorated chamber, sometimes of solid masonry), and connected with a mummy chamber in the rock beneath. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

mastaba

noun

1: an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof; "the Egyptian pyramids developed from the mastaba" [syn: {mastaba}, {mastabah}]


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