(Greek: to cut, cutting; literally, a piece cut off)
2. Pertaining to a cell that propagates itself by fission, or cell division, without being previously joined together.
A sacred precinct, literally, a place cut off, a section.
Greek temenos (τέμενος, from the Greek verb τέμνω "to cut"). It was a piece of land cut off and declared to be an official domain, especially to kings and chiefs, or a piece of land marked off from common uses and dedicated to a god, a sanctuary, a holy grove, or a holy precinct.
Examples of temene: The Pythian race-course was called a temenos; as well as, the sacred valley of the Nile, the Acropolis was the temenos of Pallas, and Olympia was the temenos of Zeus.