[met-uh-pee, -ohp]

Origin of metope

First recorded in 1555–65, metope is from the Greek word metópē
Also called intertriglyph. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for metope


  1. architect a square space between two triglyphs in a Doric frieze

Word Origin for metope

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