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bead and reel

noun, Architecture
a convex molding having the form of elongated beads alternating with disks placed edge-on, or with spherical beads, or with both.
Also called reel and bead.
Origin of bead and reel
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bead and reel
  • There is a narrow frieze topped by a robust bead and reel molding.
  • The upper story is separated from the storefront level by a terra-cotta, egg and arrow and bead and reel molded water table.

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