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palmette

[pal-met] /pælˈmɛt/
noun
1.
a conventionalized shape in the form of palmately spread leaves or sections, used as ornamentation.
Compare anthemion, lotus (def 5).
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < French; see palm2, -ette
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Examples from the web for palmette
  • Flanking each side of the decorative band are two semicircular columns of varying height capped by palmette ornamentation.
  • In addition, the west side is capped by a gabled roof with a palmette in relief at its peak.
  • Anthemion and palmette motifs dominate the tablets and corner blocks made for the house.
British Dictionary definitions for palmette

palmette

/pælˈmɛt/
noun
1.
(archaeol) an ornament or design resembling the palm leaf
Word Origin
C19: from French: a little palm²
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