Definitions

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

  • n. A projecting bracket that is used in classical architecture to carry the upper elements of a cornice; a console.

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  • n. The corner of a wall or rafter.
  • n. A console that appears to support a cornice.
  • n. The elbow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The olecranon, or the elbow.
  • n. The corner or quoin of a wall, cross-beam, or rafter.
  • n. A bracket supporting a cornice; a console.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, the olecranon; the upper end of the ulna; the elbow. See cut under forearm.
  • n. In architecture, any projection designed to support a cornice or other structural feature, as a console or a corbel.
  • n. Also written ancone.
  • n. The name of a celebrated breed of sheep, originated in Massachusetts in 1791 from a ram having a long body and short, crooked legs, and therefore unable to leap fences. It was also known as the otter breed, and is now extinct.

Etymologies

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

Latin ancōn, from Greek ankōn, elbow.

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From Latin ancon, from Greek ἀγκών ‘bend, elbow, cranny’.

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