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Meshrebiya

MESHREBIYA (drinking places), the Arabic term given to the projecting oriel windows in Cairo, enclosed with latticework, through which a good view of the street can be obtained by the occupants without being seen; the term was derived from the small semicircular bows, in which porous waterbottles are placed to cool by evaporation in the air.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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