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onion dome

noun, Architecture
a bulbous, domelike roof ending in a sharp point, characteristically used in Russian Orthodox church architecture to cover cupolas or towers.
Origin of onion dome
1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for onion dome
  • The onion dome churches of the coal and steel industry communities are a testament to the ethnic origins of the residents.
  • The bandstand has a high onion dome roof, supported by slender, bracketed cast iron posts.
  • On top of the decorative onion dome is a three-bar cross.
British Dictionary definitions for onion dome

onion dome

a bulb-shaped dome characteristic of Byzantine and Russian church architecture
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