[bal-tee-uhs, bawl-]
noun, plural baltei [bal-tee-ahy, bawl-] .
(on an Ionic capital) the horizontal band connecting the volutes on either side.
(in an ancient Roman amphitheater) a horizontal walk dividing upper and lower tiers.

< Latin: belt, girdle, said by the Romans to be of Etruscan orig. Unabridged
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