from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of dipterous insects, belonging to the Muscidæ calyptratæ and subfamily Phasinæ.
  • noun A genus of tenebrionid beetles, synonymous with Elæodes (Eschscholtz, 1829).


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  • The "xysta" ought to be so constructed that there may be plantations between the two colonnades, or groves of plane trees, with walks laid out in them among the trees and resting places there, made of "opus signinum."

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • But our people apply the term "xysta" to uncovered walks, which the Greeks call [Greek: paradromides].

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • Next to this "xystus" and to the double colonnade should be laid out the uncovered walks which the Greeks term [Greek: paradromides] and our people "xysta," into which, in fair weather during the winter, the athletes come out from the "xystus" for exercise.

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