caryatidal

caryatid

[kar-ee-at-id]
noun, plural caryatids, caryatides [kar-ee-at-i-deez] . Architecture.
a sculptured female figure used as a column. Compare atlas ( def 5 ).

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin Caryātides (singular Caryātis) < Greek Karyā́tides columns shaped like women, literally, women of Karýai, Laconia

caryatidal, adjective
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caryatid (ˌkærɪˈætɪd)
 
n , pl -ids, -ides
Compare telamon a column, used to support an entablature, in the form of a draped female figure
 
[C16: from Latin Caryātides, from Greek Karuatides priestesses of Artemis at Karuai (Caryae), village in Laconia]
 
cary'atidal
 
adj
 
caryati'dean
 
adj
 
cary'atic
 
adj
 
caryatidic
 
adj

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caryatid
1563, "carved female figure used as a column," from M.Fr. cariatide, from L. caryatides, from Gk. Karyatides "priestess of Artemis at Caryae" (Gk. Karyai), a town in Laconia where dance festivals were held in Artemis' temple.
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