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noun Architecture.

a design for enriching an ovolo or echinus, consisting of a closely set, alternating series of oval and pointed forms.

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Origin of egg and dart

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for egg and dart

egg and dart

egg and tongue or egg and anchor


noun (in architecture and cabinetwork)

  1. an ornamental moulding in which a half egg shape alternates with a dart, tongue, or anchor shape
  2. (as modifier)egg-and-dart moulding
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