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dado

[dey-doh]
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noun, plural da·does, da·dos.
  1. Also called die. Architecture. the part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice or cap.
  2. the lower broad part of an interior wall finished in wallpaper, a fabric, paint, etc.
  3. Carpentry. a groove or rectangular section for receiving the end of a board.
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with a dado.
Verb Phrases
  1. dado in, to insert (a board or the like) into a dado.

Origin of dado

1655–65; < Italian: die, cube, pedestal, perhaps < Arabic dad game
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dado

noun plural -does or -dos
  1. the lower part of an interior wall that is decorated differently from the upper part
  2. architect the part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice
verb
  1. (tr) to provide with a dado

Word Origin

C17: from Italian: die, die-shaped pedestal, perhaps from Arabic dad game
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Word Origin and History for dado

n.

1660s, of pedestals, from Italian dado "die, cube," from Latin datum (see die (n.)). Of wood panelling in a room, from 1787.

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