Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A projecting bracket that is used in classical architecture to carry the upper elements of a cornice; a console.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The corner of a wall or rafter.
  • n. A console that appears to support a cornice.
  • n. The elbow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The olecranon, or the elbow.
  • n. The corner or quoin of a wall, cross-beam, or rafter.
  • n. A bracket supporting a cornice; a console.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, the olecranon; the upper end of the ulna; the elbow. See cut under forearm.
  • n. In architecture, any projection designed to support a cornice or other structural feature, as a console or a corbel.
  • n. Also written ancone.
  • n. The name of a celebrated breed of sheep, originated in Massachusetts in 1791 from a ram having a long body and short, crooked legs, and therefore unable to leap fences. It was also known as the otter breed, and is now extinct.

Etymologies

Latin ancōn, from Greek ankōn, elbow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ancon, from Greek ἀγκών ‘bend, elbow, cranny’. (Wiktionary)

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