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“In architecture, this term, adhering originally to its etymological meaning, signified an ornament in the form of a baske, like those sometimes set on the heads of carvatides. In Gothic architecture, to which it is now almost peculiar, it is applied to any kind of ornamented projection used for supporting pillars or other superincumbent weights.” — Chambers, 1881




William & Robert Chambers Encyclopaedia - A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People (Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1881)


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