from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dress for masquerading: a damino.
  • noun A chest, often with an arched or convex top, and frequently covered with leather, richly carved, or otherwise ornamented.
  • noun An ornamental cabinet, especially one having doors. See cabinet.
  • noun In architecture: The convex crowning course of a wall or parapet.
  • noun In great medieval buildings, a low wall supporting the roof behind the gutter and balustrade or parapet crowning the main walls.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete A portable coffer or chest with a rounded lid covered in leather, garnished with nails, once used for the transport of clothes or other personal luggage. It was the original portmanteau.
  • noun obsolete, architecture A dwarf-wall of plain masonry, carrying the roof of a cathedral or church and masked or hidden behind the balustrade.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French word of unknown origin



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