Definitions

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

  • n. A sculptured basket of flowers or fruits used as an architectural ornament.

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  • n. A decorative basket for the display of flowers or fruits.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sculptured basket of flowers; a corbel.
  • n. Small gabions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fortification, a small basket or gabion, to be filled with earth and set upon a parapet, to shelter men from the fire of besiegers.
  • n. In architecture and decorative art, an ornament in the form of a basket containing flowers, fruits, etc.

Etymologies

French corbeille, from Late Latin corbicula, little basket, diminutive of Latin corbis, basket.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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