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noun Architecture.
  1. a deep concave molding between two fillets, as in the Attic base.
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Origin of scotia

1555–65; < Latin < Greek skotía darkness (from its shadow)
Also called trochilus.


noun Literary.
  1. Scotland.
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Origin of Scotia

< Latin: Scotland. See Scot, -ia
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Examples from the Web for scotia

Historical Examples

  • The boys of the 'Scotia' are all coming over to Ellan for the great event.

    The Woman Thou Gavest Me

    Hall Caine

  • Just at the edge of the corona a line should be cut in, called the scotia.

  • Moreover towards the border of the Crown must be Carved a Scotia.

  • Ye should bide longer in old Scotia and learn her history and her people.

    In Unfamiliar England

    Thomas Dowler Murphy

  • Oh, as for the Scotia, I advise you to give her up for the present.

British Dictionary definitions for scotia


  1. a deep concave moulding, esp one used on the base of an Ionic column between the two torus mouldings
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Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek skotia, from skotos darkness (from the shadow in the cavity)
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