[ bal-tee-uh s, bawl- ]
/ ˈbæl ti əs, ˈbɔl- /

noun, plural bal·te·i [bal-tee-ahy, bawl-] /ˈbæl tiˌaɪ, ˈbɔl-/.

(on an Ionic capital) the horizontal band connecting the volutes on either side.
(in an ancient Roman amphitheater) a horizontal walk dividing upper and lower tiers.

Origin of balteus

< Latin: belt, girdle, said by the Romans to be of Etruscan orig. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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