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ballflower

[ bawl-flou-er ]
/ ˈbɔlˌflaʊ ər /
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noun Architecture.

a medieval English ornament suggesting a flower of three or four petals enclosing and partly concealing a ball.

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Origin of ballflower

First recorded in 1835–45; ball1 + flower
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British Dictionary definitions for ballflower

ballflower
/ (ˈbɔːlˌflaʊə) /

noun

architect a carved ornament in the form of a ball enclosed by the three petals of a circular flower
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