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gadroon

[guh-droon] /gəˈdrun/
noun
1.
Architecture. an elaborately carved or indented convex molding.
2.
a decorative series of curved, inverted flutings, or of convex and concave flutings, as on silversmith's work.
Also, godroon.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < French godron (with final conformed to -oon), Middle French goderon, probably derivative of godet a kind of cup without base or handle (perhaps < Middle Dutch kodde billet, log; see -et), after the ornamentation on such cups
Related forms
gadrooned, adjective
gadroonage, noun
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gadroon

/ɡəˈdruːn/
noun
1.
a moulding composed of a series of convex flutes and curves joined to form a decorative pattern, used esp as an edge to silver articles
2.
(architect) a carved ornamental moulding having a convex cross section
Derived Forms
gadrooned, godrooned, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French godron, perhaps from Old French godet cup, goblet, drinking vessel
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