astragal

[as-truh-guh l]
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noun Architecture, Furniture.

a small convex molding cut into the form of a string of beads.Compare bead and reel.
a plain convex molding; bead.
a molding attached to one or both meeting stiles of a pair of double doors in order to prevent drafts.

Nearby words

  1. astounding,
  2. astr-,
  3. astr.,
  4. astrachan,
  5. astraddle,
  6. astragalectomy,
  7. astragalus,
  8. astrakhan,
  9. astral,
  10. astral body

Origin of astragal

1555–65; < Latin astragalus < Greek astrágalos a vertebra, the huckle-bone, a molding, a kind of vetch; in plural, dice (i.e., huckle-bones)

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British Dictionary definitions for astragal

astragal

noun

architect
  1. Also called: beada small convex moulding, usually with a semicircular cross section
  2. a moulding having the form of a string of beads
carpentry a glazing bar, esp in a bookcase
anatomy the ankle or anklebone

Word Origin for astragal

C17: from Latin astragalus, from Greek astragalos anklebone, hence, small round moulding

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