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modillion

[ moh-dil-yuhn, muh- ]
/ moʊˈdɪl yən, mə- /
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noun Architecture.

an ornamental cantilever beneath the corona or similar member of a cornice, stringcourse, etc.

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Origin of modillion

1555–65; <Italian modiglione<Vulgar Latin *mutiliōnem, variant of *mūtuliōnem, accusative of *mūtuliō.See mutule, -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for modillion

modillion
/ (məˈdɪljən) /

noun

architect one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice, esp as used in the Corinthian orderCompare mutule
C16: via French from Italian modiglione, probably from Vulgar Latin mutiliō (unattested), from Latin mūtulus mutule
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