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

  • n. Architecture Any of the spaces between two triglyphs on a Doric frieze.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The architectural element between two triglyphs in a Doric frieze.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The space between two triglyphs of the Doric frieze, which, among the ancients, was often adorned with carved work. See Illust. of entablature.
  • n. The face of a crab.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a slab inserted between two triglyphs of the Doric frieze, sometimes, especially in late work, cut in the same block with one triglyph or more.
  • n. In zoology, same as facies. Huxley.

Etymologies

Greek metopē : meta, between; see meta- + opē, opening.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin metopa and its source, Hellenistic Greek μετόπη (metopē), from Ancient Greek μετά (meta, "meta-") + ὀπή (opē, "hole"). (Wiktionary)

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