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balteus

[ bal-tee-uhs, bawl- ]
/ ˈbæl ti əs, ˈbɔl- /
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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.

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Origin of balteus

First recorded in 1720–30; from Latin: literally, “belt, girdle,” said by the Romans to be of Etruscan origin
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