Meaning of prytaneum

pryt•a•ne•um

Pronunciation: (prit"n-ē'um), [key]
— n.
  1. a public building in ancient Greece, containing the symbolic hearth of the community and commonly resembling a private dwelling in plan, used as a community meeting place and as a lodging for guests of the community.
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