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[den-tl, -til] /ˈdɛn tl, -tɪl/
noun, Architecture.
any of a series of closely spaced, small, rectangular blocks, used especially in classical architecture beneath the coronas of Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite cornices.
Origin of dentil
1655-65; < French dentille (obsolete), feminine diminutive of dent tooth
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dentiled, adjective Unabridged
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one of a set of small square or rectangular blocks evenly spaced to form an ornamental row, usually under a classical cornice on a building, piece of furniture, etc
Word Origin
C17: from French, from obsolete dentille a little tooth, from dent tooth
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