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acroterium

[ak-ruh-teer-ee-uh m] /ˌæk rəˈtɪər i əm/
noun, plural acroteria
[ak-ruh-teer-ee-uh] /ˌæk rəˈtɪər i ə/ (Show IPA).
Architecture
1.
a pedestal for a sculpture or ornament at each base or at the apex of a pediment.
Origin of acroterium
Latinization of acroterion
Related forms
acroteral, acroterial, adjective
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  • Mr. Failing, who was sitting alone in the garden too ill to read, heard a shout, "Am I an acroterium?"

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster

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