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pelmet

[pel-mit] /ˈpɛl mɪt/
noun
1.
a decorative cornice or valance at the head of a window or doorway, used to cover the fastenings from which curtains are hung.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; perhaps alteration of palmette (or < French palmette), employed as an ornament on wood or plaster window cornices
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pelmet

/ˈpɛlmɪt/
noun
1.
an ornamental drapery or board fixed above a window to conceal the curtain rail
Word Origin
C19: probably from French palmette palm-leaf decoration on cornice moulding; see palmette
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