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plate rail

a rail or narrow shelf fixed along a wall to hold plates, especially for ornament or display.
Origin of plate rail
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Comparing them side by side on a plate rail, or hanging on the wall, old Delft is told by its soft, beautiful blue.

  • The black cats, their eyes touched with phosphorus, glared down from the plate rail.

    Ethel Morton's Holidays Mabell S. C. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for plate rail

plate rail

(railways) an early flat rail with an extended flange on its outer edge to retain wheels on the track Sometimes shortened to plate
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