underpilaster

pilaster

[pi-las-ter]
noun Architecture.
a shallow rectangular feature projecting from a wall, having a capital and base and usually imitating the form of a column.

Origin:
1565–75; pile1 (in obsolete sense “pillar”) + -aster1, modeled on Italian pilastro or Medieval Latin pīlastrum

underpilaster, noun
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pilaster (pɪˈlæstə)
 
n
a shallow rectangular column attached to the face of a wall
 
[C16: from French pilastre, from Latin pīla pillar]
 
pi'lastered
 
adj

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pilaster
a square column, 1575, from M.Fr. pilastre (1545), from It. pilastro, from M.L. pilastrum (1341), from pila, "buttress, pile" (from L. pila, see pillar) + L. -aster, suffix expressing "incomplete resemblance."
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