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balteus

[bal-tee-uh s, bawl-] /ˈbæl ti əs, ˈbɔl-/
noun, plural baltei
[bal-tee-ahy, bawl-] /ˈbæl tiˌaɪ, ˈbɔl-/ (Show IPA)
1.
(on an Ionic capital) the horizontal band connecting the volutes on either side.
2.
(in an ancient Roman amphitheater) a horizontal walk dividing upper and lower tiers.
Origin of balteus
< Latin: belt, girdle, said by the Romans to be of Etruscan orig.
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