a rail or narrow shelf fixed along a wall to hold plates, especially for ornament or display.
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Origin of plate rail
First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for plate rail
railways an early flat rail with an extended flange on its outer edge to retain wheels on the trackSometimes shortened to: plate
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