archivolt

[ahr-kuh-vohlt]
noun Architecture.
  1. a molded or decorated band following the extrados of an arch or forming an archlike frame for an opening.

Origin of archivolt

1725–35; < French archivolte < Italian archivolto < Medieval Latin *archivoltum, Latinization of Old French arvol < Late Latin arcus volūtus vaulted arch; see arch1, vault1
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archivolt

noun architect
  1. a moulding around an arch, sometimes decorated
  2. the under surface of an arch

Word Origin for archivolt

C18: from Italian archivolto; see arc, vault 1
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