from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large ornamental letter formerly used at the start of a chapter or section of a book.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large ornamental letter used, esp. by the early printers, at the commencement of the chapters and other divisions of a book.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A combination of flowers or ornamental types of decoration, in imitation of the engraved head-bands of the early printers: a typographic fashion in England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Abbreviation of facsimile. (Wiktionary)