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tholobate

[thol-uh-beyt]
noun Architecture.
  1. the substructure supporting a dome or cupola.
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Origin of tholobate

1825–35; < Greek thólo(s) tholos + -batēs one that goes; cf. stylobate
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Historical Examples of tholobate

  • Here the diameter decreases by the breadth of the gallery to 108 feet, and the Tholobate rises.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul

    Arthur Dimock