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- noun an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof
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The back of each cupboard is fitted with tiers of little drawers and pigeon-holes, and in front is a kind of matted stone step, called a mastabah, which serves for seat and counter.
"mastabah" or stone bench, is often a tall platform and in mosques is a kind of ambo railed round and supported by columns.
Indeed, in the violet dusk, the great mastabah Pyramid of Méydûm seemed already to loom above them, although it was quite four miles away.
When they had mounted sixty he knew that they must have come close to the top of the original _mastabah_, and close to the first stage of the pyramid.
And after he had descended upon the ground, he sat a little while upon the mastabah.
Then he arose resolutely from that mastabah, and began to search for us, while we fled from him to the right and left, and he saw us not; for his sight was blinded; but we feared him with a violent fear, and made sure, in that time, of destruction, and despaired of safety.
He roasted him, and ate him upon the mastabah, and ceased not to sleep that night, making a noise with his throat like a slaughtered animal; and when the day came, he arose and went his way, leaving us as usual.
We entered this pavilion, and found in it a wide, open space, like a wide, large court, around which were many lofty doors, and at its upper end was a high and great mastabah.
He ate him, and slept upon the mastabah, and the noise from his throat was like thunder.
He then sat a little, and threw himself down, and slept upon that mastabah, making a noise with his throat like that which is made by a lamb or other beast when slaughtered; and he slept uninterruptedly until the morning, when he went his way.
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