[moh-dil-yuhn, muh-]
noun Architecture.
an ornamental cantilever beneath the corona or similar member of a cornice, stringcourse, etc.

1555–65; < Italian modiglione < Vulgar Latin *mutiliōnem, variant of *mūtuliōnem, accusative of *mūtuliō. See mutule, -ion Unabridged
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modillion (məˈdɪljən)
architect Compare mutule one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice, esp as used in the Corinthian order
[C16: via French from Italian modiglione, probably from Vulgar Latin mutiliō (unattested), from Latin mūtulusmutule]

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Above the columns is a sheet metal cornice with dentils and modillion blocks.
The cornice is prominently marked with a dentil molding and regularly spaced
  modillion blocks.
The modillion block cornice of the building is surmounted by a marble
The pediment contains a steeply raked cornice with heavy stone modillion blocks.
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