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noun Architecture.
  1. a small, concave, outward curve joining the shaft of a column, especially a classical column, to its base.
  2. Also called hypophyge. a similar curve joining the shaft of a column to its capital.
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Also apophysis.

Origin of apophyge

1555–65; < Greek apophygḗ escape, equivalent to apophyg- (variant stem of apopheúgein to flee; apo- apo- + pheúgein to flee; akin to -fuge) + noun suffix
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Historical Examples

  • The apophyge is the inverted cavetto or concave sweep, on the upper edge of which the diminishing shaft rests.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3


British Dictionary definitions for apophyge


  1. architect the outward curve at each end of the shaft of a column, adjoining the base or capitalAlso called: hypophyge
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Word Origin

C16: from Greek apophugē, literally: escape, from apopheugein to escape from
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