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Architectural terms, their definitions in English and their translations

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Acroterion (Acroterium)


1- Blocks or flat pedestals resting on the apex and on the lowest ends of the pediment to support statues or carved ornaments.

2- The term is sometimes applied to the carved ornament itself, which resembled a stylized palmette.

Greek: "acroterion" - the summit or extremity Furniture: In English and American 18th-century furniture, the acroteria refers to the end blocks of the pedimented top of a secretary or bookcase, or the central block in a broken pediment which might hold an urn, vase, finial, or other ornament.

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