from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In book-decoration, an ornamental piece or pattern often inserted at the foot of a page when the letterpress stops short of the bottom, as at the end of a chapter.
- n. Hence In other decorative work, an arabesque of a similar form.
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The Lincoln Imp, who sits enthroned at the foot of a cul-de-lampe in the choir, is so familiar to every child, now, through his photographs and casts, that it is hardly necessary to describe him.
This leads me naturally to thank you for the sweet little cul-de-lampe to the entail it is equal to any thing you have done in perspective and for taste but the boy is too large.
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