Acroterium

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Acroterium (Arch) One of the small pedestals, for statues or other ornaments, placed on the apex and at the basal angles of a pediment. Acroteria are also sometimes placed upon the gables in Gothic architecture.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acroterium In classic arch., a small pedestal placed on the apex or angle of a pediment for the support of a statue or other ornament.
    • n acroterium A statue or an ornament placed on such a pedestal.
    • n acroterium Any ornament forming the apex of a building or other structure, or of a monument, such as the anthemia of Greek tombstones or the decorations of some modern architectural balustrades. Compare antefix. Also called acroter.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. 'akrwth`rion summit, fr. 'a`kros topmost