dentil

[den-tl, -til]
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noun Architecture.

any of a series of closely spaced, small, rectangular blocks, used especially in classical architecture beneath the coronas of Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite cornices.

Nearby words

  1. denticulation,
  2. dentiform,
  3. dentifrice,
  4. dentigerous,
  5. dentigerous cyst,
  6. dentil band,
  7. dentilabial,
  8. dentilingual,
  9. dentin,
  10. dentin dysplasia

Origin of dentil

1655–65; < French dentille (obsolete), feminine diminutive of dent tooth

Related formsden·tiled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dentil

dentil

noun

one of a set of small square or rectangular blocks evenly spaced to form an ornamental row, usually under a classical cornice on a building, piece of furniture, etc

Word Origin for dentil

C17: from French, from obsolete dentille a little tooth, from dent tooth

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