mas·ta·ba also mas·ta·bah (măstə-bə)
An ancient Egyptian tomb with a rectangular base, sloping sides, and a flat roof.
[Arabic masṭaba, maṣṭaba, stone bench, from Aramaic masṭabtā, maṣṭabtā, bench, dais, perhaps from Greek stibas, bed of straw, bed, grave, or perhaps of Iranian origin; perhaps akin to Persian satāvand, portico, balcony.]
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