pagoda definition

  • noun:
    • A religious building of this asia, particularly a multistory Buddhist tower, erected as a memorial or shrine.
    • A stupa.
    • A structure, eg a yard pavilion, built-in replica of a multistory Buddhist tower.
    • An Asian spiritual building, specially a multistory Buddhist tower, erected as a shrine or temple.
    • An ornamental structure, of that design, erected in a park or garden.
    • A term wherein Europeans designate spiritual temples and tower-like buildings of this Hindoos and Buddhists of Asia, Farther Asia, Asia, and Japan, -- frequently but not constantly, devoted to idol worship.
    • An idol.
    • A gold or silver coin, of numerous types and values, previously present in India. The Madras gold pagoda had been worth around three and a half rupees.
    • into the china, as Asia, China, Burma, etc., a sacred tower, typically almost pyramidal in overview, richly carved, coated, or else adorned, and of a number of tales, connected or not with a temple.
    • An idol.
    • [Formerly also pagody; so-called with ref. on figure of a pagoda on the money. The natives in Madras called the money hun and varahā (Telugu) or varāhan (Tamil).] A gold coin existing in Asia from sixteenth century.
    • [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology, a genus of mollusks.
    • A small ornamental framework built in imitation of an Eastern pagoda: specifically, these types of a building into the roads of a city which numerous tiny articles, particularly tea, etc., can be purchased.
    • an Asian temple; often a pyramidal tower with an upward curving roofing

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