cabriole

[kab-ree-ohl; French ka-bree-awl]
noun, plural cabrioles [kab-ree-ohlz; French ka-bree-awl] .
1.
Furniture. a curved, tapering leg curving outward at the top and inward farther down so as to end in a round pad, the semblance of an animal's paw, or some other feature: used especially in the first half of the 18th century.
2.
Ballet. a leap in which one leg is raised in the air and the other is brought up to beat against it.

Origin:
1775–85; < French: leap, caper; so called because modeled on leg of a capering animal (see capriole); b by influence of cabri kid (≪ Old Provençal) and kindred words

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cabriole (ˈkæbrɪˌəʊl)
 
n
1.  Also called: cabriole leg a type of furniture leg, popular in the first half of the 18th century, in which an upper convex curve descends tapering to a concave curve
2.  ballet a leap in the air with one leg outstretched and the other beating against it
 
[C18: from French, from cabrioler to caper; from its being based on the leg of a capering animal; see cabriolet]

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cabriole

ballet jump, formerly performed only by men, in which the dancer beats the calves of the legs together in the air, with a scissors-like movement. When the beat occurs, the legs are extended at either a 45 or 90 angle to the body at the front, side, or back. The dancer may land on one foot, then bring the second foot down to fifth position-cabriole fermee ("closed cabriole")-or may complete the step with the second foot in the air-cabriole ouverte ("open cabriole").

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The cabriole legs, ending in bold claw and ball feet, are vigorously carved at the knee in an acanthus design.
The legs are of the cabriole style with ball and claw foot.
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