egg and dart

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

Origin of egg and dart

First recorded in 1870–75

Words Nearby egg and dart Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use egg and dart in a sentence

  • It is especially frequently found carved with the egg-and-dart ornament.

  • Many ornamental motives, like the zigzag and the egg-and-dart, for example, had originally a symbolic value.

    The Gate of Appreciation | Carleton Noyes
  • The neckings are worked with the capitals, and enriched by 'egg-and-dart' pointing upwards.

    Byzantine Churches in Constantinople | Alexander Van Millingen
  • It is quite possible that the egg-and-dart pattern may have had a multiple origin.

    Evolution in Art | Alfred C. Haddon
  • Egg-and-Dart: An ornament consisting of an alternation of flattened balls or bosses with sharp pointed members like arrow heads.

    How to judge architecture | Russell Sturgis

British Dictionary definitions for egg and dart

egg and dart

noun(in architecture and cabinetwork)
    • an ornamental moulding in which a half egg shape alternates with a dart, tongue, or anchor shape

    • (as modifier): egg-and-dart moulding

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