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[moo-shet] /muˈʃɛt/
noun, Architecture.
a daggerlike form, especially in tracery, created by a segmental and an ogee curve so that it is pointed at one end and circular at the other.
Origin of mouchette
1925-30; < French: orig., the fillet below an ovolo, projecting part of a cornice; hence, with the common sense “what protrudes,” probably derivative of moucher to cut or knock off (something protruding) (see -ette), apparently extended sense of moucher to wipe (a person's) nose < Vulgar Latin *muccāre, derivative of Latin muccus, mūcus mucus Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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