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[met-uh-pee, -ohp]
noun Architecture.
  1. any of the square spaces, either decorated or plain, between triglyphs in the Doric frieze.
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Origin of metope

First recorded in 1555–65, metope is from the Greek word metópē
Also called intertriglyph.
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  1. architect a square space between two triglyphs in a Doric frieze
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Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek metopē, from meta between + opē one of the holes for the beam-ends
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