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lierne

[lee-urn] /liˈɜrn/
noun, Architecture.
1.
an ornamental vaulting rib other than one springing from a pier or a ridge rib.
Origin of lierne
1835-1845
1835-45; < French: binding timber, equivalent to li(er) to bind (< Latin ligāre) + -erne < ?
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lierne

/lɪˈɜːn/
noun
1.
(architect) a short secondary rib that connects the intersections of the primary ribs, esp as used in Gothic vaulting
Word Origin
C19: from French, perhaps related to lier to bind
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