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[ ahr-kuh-vohlt ]
/ ˈɑr kəˌvoʊlt /

noun Architecture.

a molded or decorated band following the extrados of an arch or forming an archlike frame for an opening.

Nearby words

archival, archival storage, archive, archives, archivist, archivolt, archliberal, archlute, archly, archness, archon

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈɑːkɪˌvəʊlt) /

noun architect

a moulding around an arch, sometimes decorated
the under surface of an arch

Word Origin for archivolt

C18: from Italian archivolto; see arc, vault 1
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