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banister vs. baluster

[ ban-uh-ster ]
  1. a baluster.
  2. the balustrade of a staircase.
[ bal-uh-ster ]
  1. any of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing.
  2. a balustrade.
  3. any of various symmetrical supports, as furniture legs or spindles, tending to swell toward the bottom or top.

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