from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hollow concave molding at or near the base of a column.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A concave molding with a lower edge projecting beyond the top.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A concave molding used especially in classical architecture.
- n. Scotland.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A concave molding, used especially beneath the eye, as in the bases of columns between the fillets of the tori.
Latin, from Greek skotiā, from feminine of skotios, dark, shadowy (from the shadow it casts), from skotos, darkness.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin scotia, from Ancient Greek σκοτία (skotia, "dark, shadowy"). (Wiktionary)