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baluster

[bal-uh-ster] /ˈbæl ə stər/
noun
1.
Architecture. any of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing.
2.
balusters, a balustrade.
3.
any of various symmetrical supports, as furniture legs or spindles, tending to swell toward the bottom or top.
Origin of baluster
1595-1605
1595-1605; < French, Middle French balustre < Italian balaustro pillar shaped like the calyx of the pomegranate flower, ultimately < Latin balaustium < Greek balaústion pomegranate flower
Related forms
balustered, adjective
Can be confused
baluster, balustrade, banister.
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British Dictionary definitions for baluster

baluster

/ˈbæləstə/
noun
1.
any of a set of posts supporting a rail or coping
adjective
2.
(of a shape) swelling at the base and rising in a concave curve to a narrow stem or neck: a baluster goblet stem
Word Origin
C17: from French balustre, from Italian balaustro pillar resembling a pomegranate flower, ultimately from Greek balaustion
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Word Origin and History for baluster
n.

"support for a railing," c.1600, from French balustre, from Italian balaustro "pillar," from balausta "flower of the wild pomegranate," from Greek balaustion (perhaps of Semitic origin, cf. Aramaic balatz "flower of the wild pomegranate"). Staircase uprights had lyre-like double curves, like the calyx tube of the pomegranate flower.

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