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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Xystus (Anc. Arch) A long and open portico, for athletic exercises, as wrestling, running, etc., for use in winter or in stormy weather.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n xystus Same as xyst.
    • n xystus [capitalized] [NL.] A generic name variously applied to certain hymenopterous, coleopterous, and lepidopterous insects.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. xystus, Gr., from to scrape, polish; -- so called from its smooth and polished floor.]


In literature:

Not to the Temple, certainly, for the route to the sacred house from Zion, whence these appeared to be coming, was by the Xystus.
"Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" by Lew Wallace
The private part comprised the peristyle, bed-chambers, triclinium, oeci, picture-gallery, library, baths, exedra, xystus, etc.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Xystus was his successor.
"The Christ Of Paul" by George Reber