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

  • n. A small statue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small statue, usually applied to a figure much less than life size, especially when of marble or bronze, or of plaster or clay as a preparation for the marble or bronze, as distinguished from a figure in terra cotta or the like.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small statue; -- usually applied to a figure much less than life size, especially when of marble or bronze, or of plaster or clay as a preparation for the marble or bronze, as distinguished from a figure in terra cotta or the like. Cf. figurine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small statue; a statue or image in the round much smaller than nature; a figurine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small carved or molded figure

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  • The office was in a side street; its plate-glass window contained plaster statuettes of Cheops, Nefertiti, the Sphinx.
    --Umberto Eco, 1988, Foucault's Pendulum, p. 202

    October 3, 2008