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acroteria


acroteria


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Acroterium  \Ac`ro*te`ri*um\  (-[u^]m),  n.;  pl  {Acroteria}.  [L., 
  fr  Gr  'akrwth`rion  summit,  fr  'a`kros  topmost.]  (Arch.) 
  a  One  of  the  small  pedestals,  for  statues  or  other 
  ornaments,  placed  on  the  apex  and  at  the  basal  angles  of 
  a  pediment.  Acroteria  are  also  sometimes  placed  upon  the 
  gables  in  Gothic  architecture.  --J.  H.  Parker. 
  b  One  of  the  pedestals,  for  vases  or  statues,  forming  a 
  part  roof  balustrade.