cathetus

cathetus

[kath-i-tuhs, kuh-thee-tuhs]
noun, plural catheti [kath-i-tahy, kuh-thee-tahy] .
(in an Ionic capital) the vertical guideline through the eye of a volute, from which the form of the volute is determined.

Origin:
1565–75; < Latin (noun) < Greek káthetos perpendicular, equivalent to kathe- (see catheter) + -tos adj. suffix

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