ball flower

ballflower

[bawl-flou-er]
noun Architecture.
a medieval English ornament suggesting a flower of three or four petals enclosing and partly concealing a ball.

Origin:
1835–45; ball1 + flower

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ballflower (ˈbɔːlˌflaʊə)
 
n
architect a carved ornament in the form of a ball enclosed by the three petals of a circular flower

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