cippus [sip-uh s] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural cip·pi [sip-ahy, sip-ee] /ˈsɪp aɪ, ˈsɪp i/. (in classical architecture) a stele.

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  • Origin of cippus 1615–25; Latin: pillar, gravestone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for cippus Historical Examples of cippus

  • Over the capital is an iron balcony encompassing a cippus, or meta, 32 feet high, supporting a blazing urn of brass gilt.

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  • A very common form in Greco–Roman times is the cippus , a short column, like an altar.

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