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egg and dart

noun, Architecture.
a design for enriching an ovolo or echinus, consisting of a closely set, alternating series of oval and pointed forms.
Origin of egg and dart
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • egg-and-dart: An ornament consisting of an alternation of flattened balls or bosses with sharp pointed members like arrow heads.

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  • It is a pattern, like the egg-and-dart ornament or the Greek key.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • Many ornamental motives, like the zigzag and the egg-and-dart, for example, had originally a symbolic value.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • It is especially frequently found carved with the egg-and-dart ornament.

  • An egg-and-dart molding extended all around the casing, where the inner door had once hung.

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  • It is quite possible that the egg-and-dart pattern may have had a multiple origin.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • The neckings are worked with the capitals, and enriched by 'egg-and-dart' pointing upwards.

    Byzantine Churches in Constantinople Alexander Van Millingen
British Dictionary definitions for egg-and-dart

egg and dart

noun (in architecture and cabinetwork)
  1. an ornamental moulding in which a half egg shape alternates with a dart, tongue, or anchor shape
  2. (as modifier): egg-and-dart moulding
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