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[as-truh-guh l] /ˈæs trə gəl/
noun, Architecture, Furniture.
a small convex molding cut into the form of a string of beads.
Compare bead and reel.
a plain convex molding; bead.
a molding attached to one or both meeting stiles of a pair of double doors in order to prevent drafts.
Origin of astragal
1555-65; < Latin astragalus < Greek astrágalos a vertebra, the huckle-bone, a molding, a kind of vetch; in plural, dice (i.e., huckle-bones) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for astragal
  • Rigid astragal overlapping meeting edge is prohibited.
  • The exterior side of the door shall have a lock guard or astragal to prevent jimmying of the latch hardware.
  • The astragal is attached to the lock stile thru the aluminum reinforcement with screws.
British Dictionary definitions for astragal


  1. Also called bead. a small convex moulding, usually with a semicircular cross section
  2. a moulding having the form of a string of beads
(carpentry) a glazing bar, esp in a bookcase
(anatomy) the ankle or anklebone
Word Origin
C17: from Latin astragalus, from Greek astragalos anklebone, hence, small round moulding
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